Hot and tasty - Q&A with Nico Hülkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg heads to Mexico after scoring points in a ‘hot and tasty’ Japanese Grand Prix. He wants to add more to his season tally at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

What do you like about the Mexican Grand Prix?
Mexico has a really cool atmosphere. The circuit is quite old with a lot of history and you really feel that vibe when you’re there. I like places where you feel a racing connection like Interlagos and Silverstone; Mexico is similar to that. In terms of the location, Mexico City is crazy and such a huge place. Hopefully the weather will be more straightforward than Japan, it’s usually quite hot there.

What are the main challenges of a lap?
It’s a tricky little circuit. It’s high altitude and that changes the racing dynamic quite a bit. The car has less downforce, a lot less drag, so we’re fast down the straights and then under braking the car feels like it has a lot less grip. It’s quite a unique feeling and one you have to get used to. It’s a technical circuit and not an easy lap. The stadium is a cool experience, not many circuits have something like that. You can hear and feel the noise. The fans support everyone there, it’s really great to see.

What are your thoughts heading into this race?
We left Japan feeling pretty content. Sunday was a bit up and down with a qualifying, which was frustrating followed by a pretty enjoyable race where we really made some gains and came away with points in the bag. It’s important we score well again in Mexico. We’re approaching the business end of the season and everything has to count.