Not giving in - Q&A with Nico Hülkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg matched his best result for Renault with fifth place in Monza, ending the European part of the season on a high. The race is on for fourth in the Constructors’ Championship and the German is determined to play his part in the battle.

What makes Singapore so special?
Singapore is the only real night race on the calendar, so that makes it really unique. It does take a bit of extra time to get used to racing under artificial lights but we’re quite adept to it now. We stay on European time there, so that means waking up at lunchtime and then we have the rest of the day and night ahead. We don’t see too much day light!

Why is the Marina Bay Circuit so draining?
It’s probably the most physical race of the season. A lap is very busy at the wheel, extremely physical and tiring. It’s a long circuit with corners coming thick and fast without many straights to have a rest. The humidity makes it very tricky and that, combined with all the gear shifts and changes of direction, makes it exhausting come the end of the race.

What’s the feeling after the Italy result?
The team left Italy on a real high. The whole weekend was a super effort from everyone, starting with a solid qualifying result and then a strong race to move up a position. We’ve made a big swing in the Constructors’ Championship and the race for fourth is on. We have to develop this now and aim to pick up these kinds of results more regularly. It’s certainly possible and we won’t be letting up.