Hunting points - Q&A with Nico Hülkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg is focused on commanding his R.S.19 at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps, with his aim the top ten.

What do you like about Spa-Francorchamps?
Spa is one of my favourite tracks to race at in Formula 1. Everything about the place makes it so special. The scenery in the forest, the unpredictable weather, the awesome corner combinations; it all adds up to create this really cool challenge. Spa is known for its elevation changes and fast corners. It’s a real thrill when you nail a lap and head through Eau Rouge, Pouhon and Blanchimont at high-speed. I think Spa suits my style of driving and we’ll be aiming for a solid run this weekend to start this second-half of the season on the right foot.

How challenging is a lap?
It’s a long lap with a lot of things to get right. It can be tricky to find the right balance on the car; you need high-downforce for some of the corners in the middle part of the lap, while also not taking too much off to ensure a good top-speed on the straights. It has a nice flow to it and you need to piece together the sectors. The weather can be a bit weird in Spa; one part of the circuit might be dry, while another could be wet. Anything can happen there, and we know a big opportunity could arise.

What did you do over the summer break?
The break certainly came at a welcome time for us after a disappointing July. We know the season has fallen below our expectations so far and it’s up to us now to ensure we recover it for the remainder of the year. I relaxed a little, recharged the batteries on a boat in Croatia. But now it’s time to get going again and I’m ready for the challenge. These next two back-to-back races are almost a make or break for our season. We have to be on it.