Hülkenberg, Haas’s blue sky at Silverstone: “Able to fight for points”

Excellent sixth in qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday, Nico Hülkenberg begins the day of racing with great confidence, reassured by the effectiveness of the developments made by Haas this weekend.

Published on 07/07/2024 à 09:51

Dorian Grangier

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Hülkenberg, Haas’s blue sky at Silverstone: “Able to fight for points”

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Le Red Bull Ring gave wings to Haas et Nico Hulkenberg ! The German, sixth in the last Austrian Grand Prix last week, repeated the feat on Saturday with the sixth time in Q3 at Silverstone, his best qualification of the season. Impressive throughout qualifying – including the first sector record – the 36-year-old driver fell just five tenths short of pole position, obtained by George Russell. With a Haas VF-24 largely developed in England, “Hulk” managed to get the most out of his mount on the fast British track.

“We managed to carry [Austria's] momentum and momentum into this weekend. Additionally, I think the changes we made [Friday] afternoon during Free Practice 2 did the job and really had an effect., confided a happy but modest Nico Hülkenberg in the mixed zone after qualifying. I definitely felt a gain right away, which is obviously great because that's not always the case. Well done team, I'm very happy with that. Q1 was very tense doing only one lap because of Checo [Pérez]'s red flag and with our timing we were a little out of sync with everyone. It was a little weird, but otherwise it was a good clean session. »

Big points for Hülkenberg?

After the points won at Spielberg and sixth place in Q3 at Silverstone, Nico Hülkenberg feels “very confident” heading into the British Grand Prix, where he could once again score big, important points for the Constructors' championship. The Haas will however be threatened by cars supposed to be faster behind it on the grid…

“I like this feeling, I always try to keep it as long as possible. I know this isn't always the case, so you have to enjoy it while it lasts! (…) I think we should be able to fight for points, believes the German. We have the Aston Martin in the top 10, who are probably our main competitors tomorrow. THE Ferrari are starting behind and I don't see any scenario where we could keep them behind, because I think from a race pace point of view they are still way ahead of us. But in terms of points, we are definitely in the fight. »

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

07/07/2024 at 12:11 a.m.

Certainly... especially since there could be trouble from the first corner with the hot 1st row between the two enemy Mercedes brothers and an even more explosive second row with Norris and Verstappen!

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