Over the line - Q&A with Nico Hülkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg left Mexico with a solitary point after his rise from twelfth on the grid. Now, Austin awaits this weekend, a circuit the German enjoys, as he targets a stronger haul of points.

What do you like about the US Grand Prix?
Austin has a really cool vibe, so it’s always fun going to Texas for this race. It’s a great event, always a lot going on, so it’s enjoyable for us drivers, the team and also the fans. I like food, and the United States is very good for that; steaks, burgers, all the cheat things. It’s a quick turnaround from Mexico but it’s quite nice to keep in this rhythm and get straight back to racing.

What’s the circuit like to drive?
In terms of the circuit, it’s one of the more challenging and fun ones for a driver. You could say it has similarities to places like Silverstone or Suzuka; ultimate driving tracks where there are fast changes of direction, brave corners and little room for error. It’s a very well-designed circuit. It has a great flow to it where you have to get into a rhythm. It flows at high-speed and that’s what I love in a modern Formula 1 car. Balance is important and it’s about finding a compromise between the medium to high speed corners and also the two long straights. We enjoyed a great team result there last year, it was a very memorable weekend, which we’re keen to repeat.

What are your thoughts after the last race?
Clearly, it was a pity not to have scored more points and that was down to a number of factors. Thinking of the positives, we turned around our qualifying result into points and the team showed great spirit throughout the weekend with everything going on. I enjoy racing in Austin, my mindset is on doing a good job and there’s no reason why we can’t do that.