Hulkenberg not getting carried away with P5

Date published: July 16 2017

Although Nico Hulkenberg is starting fifth on the grid for the British Grand Prix, the Renault driver says there is no point “bragging” as Sunday it what matters.

Hulkenberg was best of the rest in Saturday’s qualifying at the Silverstone circuit as he clocked the sixth fastest time.

Using Renault’s upgrades, including the new floor, he crossed the line with a 1:28.8.

The German, though, will start the grand prix fifth on the grid due to Valtteri Bottas’s gearbox penalty.

“I’m happy – it was quite good but we’ve had a couple of really good qualifying results and then a more disappointing Sunday,” Hulkenberg said.

“So no point to brag on about it or get too excited, tomorrow is the hard bit of work for us and obviously where we need to win some points.

“We have to get it done there.”

As for his qualifying session, he explained: “It was tricky but I like these conditions when you are not quite sure where the grip is.

“There was some damp patches in Q2 so I think we were actually really competitive in those sorts of moments in Q1 and Q2 especially.

“When it started to dry up we were concerned we would slip through the ranks but we were able to keep the pace and hang on to the good position.”