Digging in - Q&A with Nico Hülkenberg

Austria proved disappointing for Nico Hülkenberg who is aiming to put that behind him by focusing on delivering a strong result at Silverstone.

What do you like about the legendary Silverstone?
Silverstone is a high-speed circuit with some big corners, which makes it awesome to drive! The run through Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel are quite special and exceptionally quick in a modern Formula 1 car. A lap is tough, very physical and you usually feel the aches after the weekend! You need to find a good, high-speed balance on the car to extract the most performance. I enjoy tracks with big corners and lots of downforce. You have to get the most out of the car and it’s very satisfying when you get a lap absolutely right. We have some work to do on Friday and we have to begin the race weekend on the right foot to put ourselves in the best possible position for a solid result.

What, in particular, about the atmosphere stands out?
I like the history surrounding Silverstone. Obviously, Great Britain is one of the more historic Grands Prix in Formula 1 history and that makes it special. You can feel the roots of racing there; the British fans always embrace Formula 1 and that creates a great atmosphere. It’s the team’s second home race, so like in France, it means a lot to everyone and we’ll be targeting a good result to put some smiles on their faces!

How are you aiming to recover after Austria?
It was a disappointing weekend and we have some work to do to ensure we make a recovery in Silverstone. We had a very welcome week off to assess everything, recharge the batteries after back-to-back races and find some solutions. I’m confident in the team to get back to it in Silverstone. It’s a track I like and we’ll be looking to show our true pace.