Q&A with Nico Hulkenberg

Date published: May 31 2012

Nico Hulkenberg shares his thoughts on his Monaco GP, which saw the Force India driver claim his second successive top-ten finish…

Nico Hulkenberg shares his thoughts on his Monaco GP, which saw the Force India driver claim his second successive top-ten finish…

Q: Nico, you got some solid points in Monaco with eighth place, just behind Paul. Are you pleased with the way it worked out?
NH: I think from a team perspective we can be happy because we picked up a few points, which is good. I would rather have finished seventh, but it was the classic example in Monaco of stopping a bit earlier and then running into traffic with Kimi. Paul got just the edge there with a free track and came out in front. But all in all it was a very strong team performance.

Q: How did things go at the start – did you see the accident ahead?
NH: It was pretty messy! I was on the inside so I didn’t see what happened exactly, I just suddenly saw a Lotus square in front of me. The only way to avoid it was to go on the inside because it was blocked with cars on the left. Luckily I got through there without any contact. I was ninth after the first lap so I gained a place.

Q: Paul’s strategy worked out better – any regrets about your choice?
NH: I was starting on the supersoft and he was on the soft so it was always clear that he was going a bit longer. Mine would have worked better, but obviously with the traffic things didn’t come together.

Q: Were you happy with the car?
NH: The car was good: it performed well. I think we showed some good speed there, I did a 1m18.4s after the stop when I had a clear lap.

Q: Any thoughts on the next race in Montreal?
NH: It’s a good circuit and I enjoy visiting Canada. I did Friday last year and in 2010 with Williams my pace was good. I enjoy driving there so I’m looking forward to it. But I have no idea how competitive we will be!

Source: Force India