Nico Hülkenberg enjoyed a superb sixth place in Austin, but there’s no time to dwell on that result as Mexico City is the next mission for the German with further points the sole objective on his hit list.
What makes Mexico City an enjoyable place to visit?
Mexico is one of these places which has a special atmosphere. The circuit is quite old and carries a lot of history. When you visit the track, you feel that connection to racing, similar to places like Interlagos or Silverstone, and that’s something I like a lot. Mexico City is a huge place. It might even be one of the biggest places I’ve ever visited. In the past, I’ve flown over the city in a helicopter and it’s so big, it’s mind blowing. Traffic is obviously a bit of an issue here, but that’s how it is sometimes. The weather is usually great, the fans are so welcoming and passionate and that makes it a fun race weekend.
Where do the main challenges lie at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez?
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is a challenging circuit to negotiate. It’s located at high altitude – just over 2000m – meaning we lose downforce because of the low air density. It makes the car feel a little light and floaty, but we hit the maximum speed of the whole season on the main straight at 340km/h. The circuit has a lot of tricky corner combinations. On paper they look quite simple, but they are far from easy. It’s a very technical circuit and not an easy lap by any means. The standout is the final two corners and piercing through the stadium sector. That’s a cool experience, especially when it’s packed out and you can hear the noise!
How do you reflect on a brilliant sixth place in Austin?
I’m very happy with the result in Austin. Not only from a personal point of view, but from an overall team perspective where we enjoyed strong points from both myself and Carlos. It’s the best team result I’ve been involved in since joining Renault, so that’s very satisfying and the whole team did an outstanding job. A strong qualifying was decisive and our race pace was, once again, competitive. Everything is still possible for us; three races remain and we have to back this result up in Mexico. We know it won’t be easy, but the result in Austin will give everyone at Enstone and Viry a boost. We’ll take these next three races a step at a time and aim for double points at each weekend.