Nico Hulkenberg just isn’t feeling the love from his R.S.19 after a Q1 elimination at the Azerbaijan GP.
But, all that went out of the window when the German fell at the first hurdle of a marathon qualifying session in Baku. While also hinting at the loss of FP1 as being a contributing factor to his struggles, he insisted that this was not an excuse, and his confidence was just not there.
“It’s just a lack of confidence,” Hulkenberg told Sky Sports F1 in the Baku paddock.
“I didn’t really feel at home and happy inside the car at any point this weekend and I didn’t feel the love and the harmony between the car and myself.
“And on a track like this you start paying a big price. Missing FP1 wasn’t great but it’s not an excuse as it was the same for all of us. It did hurt us more as we are a little out of it with the set-up of the car.
“We’ve always been playing catch up this weekend and haven’t really caught it.”
— Nico Hülkenberg (@HulkHulkenberg) April 27, 2019
Asked if Renault’s issues are track specific, Hulkenberg replied: “Maybe. This seems to be the first sort of hiccup where we are so far off the pace.
“Mine and Daniel’s [Ricciardo] comments are pretty similar. We are looking for grip and just can’t find it.
“We need to investigate after this weekend.
“For tomorrow, we know Baku can be a crazy race and you have got to be in it right for the end. We will still race hard tomorrow.”
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