Nico Hulkenberg came out around his first day at RP20 Racing Point after his 11 hours to drive for the team this weekend.
He finished the most practical week in the sixth fastest after flying back from Germany yesterday to take over Sergio Perez’s car.
“The last 24 hours have been a bit special,” Hulkenberg said. “Crazy and wild.
“At 4:30 pm yesterday afternoon I got the phone call, it took a plane here. She had a seat attachment until 2am last night. Then this morning at 8am he came into the simulator for an hour, a little prep work, so it was a short night. But all right.
“It was a great effort by the team, I want to thank the team and the night shift men who did an amazing job of getting me into the car and even quite comfortably and the FIA for turning it so fat on the superlicence. It was very special. “
The short simulator session gave Hulkenberg a chance to learn the basics of RP20.
“I want to get along pretty quickly with things. It was just a little bit to get used to the steering and some of the functions. We didn̵7;t have heaps of time because I also had to be tested.”
Hulkenberg has not been able to drive an F1 car since December last year, and admitted he felt tension on his body after his first day in the RP20.
“We got the program on a lot of laps, which I feel. I was really thrown into the cold water here. I think my body will feel that tomorrow and a day later. It’s obviously a huge challenge but I’m not bored.”
“G’s forces are hard to train for because it’s so unique and so special,” he added. “Even though I’m in decent shape these kind of G force and especially here, one of the fastest and highest speed tracks. And 35 degrees, I also pick the UK’s hottest day.” now I have found the best of everything. “
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He said the car felt “quite different” to the Renault he had driven last year. “I tried to take it step by step today, get down quickly by car, I understand,” he said.
“It just takes time to breathe everything, understand, know how to drive and learn. Obviously there’s more time tonight to focus on learning. All I can say is that it’s pretty fast around nowadays. “
After finishing his first day of practice six-tenths of a second behind teammate and step-setter Lance Stroll, Hulkenberg says there’s more to come tomorrow.
“You see great potential,” he said. “The car is very fast.
“I haven’t used the best tire, I think I have a little more in the bag and I need to use the tire better. But that’s what we’re going to get into, of course, overnight and try to get the best. possible from the car this weekend. “
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