Hulkenberg: Haas, not McLaren, are main threat

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg reckons Haas and not McLaren are potentially the biggest threat to Renault's best of the rest placing in the standings.

Haas may only be three points ahead of McLaren, but Nico Hulkenberg reckons they are potentially the biggest threat to Renault’s best of the rest placing in the standings.

Renault have bagged 70 points in the opening 10 races of this year’s championship, putting them a relatively comfortable 19 points ahead of Haas.

Force India are sixth on 49 points with McLaren one behind.

It could, however, have been a different picture had Haas not squandered points-scoring opportunities – and more than once.

As such Hulkenberg acknowledges that if Haas fulfill their potential, they could challenge Renault.

Asked if he felt Haas pose the biggest threat to Renault, Hulkenberg told “It looks like it now, since the last couple of weekends.

“I think its shifted around with Haas coming through more and McLaren seem to have lost out a little bit.

“We take them seriously because they are fast.

“How they got there doesn’t really play a role for me, they are strong at the moment and we just have to deal with it.

“They fulfilled their potential [in Austria], whereas before they’ve really missed out.

“The momentum sometimes swings around, but at the end of the day they have a strong car and a good package.”


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