Hulkenberg hails excellent weekend


You probably won't be able to wipe the smile off Nico Hulkenberg's face for the next few days after he followed up his Le Mans win with a P6 in Austria.

The German became the first active Formula 1 driver to win the prestigious race in more than two decades when he helped Porsche to end Audi's dominance last Sunday.

That clearly gave him a boost for this weekend's race at the Red Bull Ring as managed to qualify P5, ahead of the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Although he held Bottas off during the early stages of the race, he eventually finished behind the Finn, but it was still a good weekend for Force India as Sergio Perez also finished in the points.

"I’m very satisfied with sixth place," he said. "Going into the race we always knew it would be difficult to keep the Williams of Bottas behind me, so bringing the car home in sixth was probably the maximum we could achieve.

"I had some good wheel-to-wheel battles with him and we swapped places a few times, but it was hard to match their absolute pace. Overall it’s been a great weekend: I found a nice rhythm and I have been very happy with the performance of the car.

"With Checo in the points as well, it’s been an excellent weekend for us and we can be proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s an important boost ahead of Silverstone where we hope to make another step forward."