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Hülkenberg's tire poker works: 14 points from two races

Hulkenberg's tire poker goes on
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F orce India was allowed to celebrate. Not just the sixth place for Nico Hülkenberg. The eight points of the new World Championship tenth cemented fifth place in the constructors' championship. It's the best result in team history. Who would have thought that after the difficult start to the season with a car that was only finished for the last test and was a good second too slow on top of that.

But since the B-version of the VJM08 with its characteristic nostrils made its debut at Silverstone , the team got 89 of their 120 points. Hülkenberg contributed 14 points in the last two races. Nevertheless, it will be almost impossible to overtake team-mate Sergio Perez in the overall standings. To do this, Hülkenberg would have to finish second in Abu Dhabi.

First Hülkenberg stop much earlier than planned

The Brazilian GP was one of the best races for the Le Mans winner this year. The only flaw was a bad start. The rear tires spun too much. Hülkenberg lost two places to Daniil Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas. 'The start didn't change that much in terms of the end result. Bottas was too fast. I wouldn't have been able to keep him behind me for the whole race anyway.'

Kvyat took Force India over with an aggressive strategy. Hülkenberg passed the Red Bull driver thanks to the earlier first pit stop. 'Lap 9 was much earlier than planned. It was a risk because Red Bull reacted immediately. I had to attack the fresh tires on the first lap and then it becomes difficult to manage them over the distance.' The set lasted until lap 35.

Force India kept both options open. Perez stopped three times, Hulkenberg only twice. The environment forced him to. Bottas and Kvyat only pitted twice for tire service. 'Two or three stops was never quite clear. Even before the race. But after the second stop we knew that we had to hold out. Kvyat was always within striking distance. It looked like a lonely race, but I never got bored . I had enough to do to get the tires to the finish line. '

Praise for Hulkenberg from the competition

And that, although Kvyat was constantly hanging on his neck. 'Kvyat wasn't really a threat to me. He drove well in the middle sector, but there he couldn't overtake me. He had no chance on the straights.' out of their cars. You usually only see them sweating like that in Singapore and Malaysia. 'Sao Paulo is a demanding track,' admits Hülkenberg. 'You don't have much recovery phases. In the middle section, curve follows curve. And even on the long home straight you always have full pull on your neck. It always goes left in fast curves. In addition, the surface is wavy and it was relatively warm. It is.' one of the toughest races of the year. '


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