Roaring Glory - Q&A with Nico Hülkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg drove with determination at Paul Ricard to seal two points, which means he moves up a spot to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship. Now the German aims to get over the next hurdle in Austria, the second leg of the triple header.

What do you like about the Austrian Grand Prix?
Austria is always such a welcoming event with a very relaxed atmosphere and usually a lot of German fans who make the trip over the border. Now that Germany is back on the calendar, it’s not quite a home race for me, but last year it certainly felt a little bit like that! Spielberg is a unique race on the calendar, because it’s so quiet, in the middle of nowhere, with hills, lots of fields and cows. It’s a very pretty scene. It makes a welcome change to the usual Grand Prix circuit.

How challenging is a lap of the circuit?
It’s a short lap with just nine corners to get through, but it’s certainly no easy ride. It’s challenging and technical, with elevation changes, big kerbs you need to watch and a mix of low to high-speed corners. I’d say there’s more at this circuit than meets the eye! We struggled slightly with understeer and keeping the rear tyres cool last year, so that’ll be something to assess in the early running on Friday. We are on the throttle for the majority of the lap too, so engine performance is another key area.

What can the Hulk recommend from Austrian cuisine?
I’m a big fan of schnitzels, and they come from Austria, so I recommend tucking into a few of them over the weekend. Kaiserschmarrn too is nice, it’s a traditional Austrian dessert.

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