Hulkenberg still without ride for 2011 Williams driver Nico Hulkenberg secured a surprise pole position in the recent Brazilian Grand Prix on a track that he had never before raced on. Although he eventually crossed the line in eighth place, the young German was happy with his weekend and is now looking forward to another strong race in Abu Dhabi this weekend, another circuit he has never seen before.
There is also the matter of his drive for next season and despite his stunning performance in Brazil there is still no word on where he will be....
Looking at this circuit, the strengths of your cars around this track. Where are your cars particularly good for this circuit? Nico, I know you haven’t been here before? That’s why I don’t know. I think in Brazil it showed in the Sunday race that it was pretty tough for us to keep up with the big boys. The pace wasn’t quite there, so I don’t expect any magic here. I think it will be as always from around P8 to P12, that’s our range. I would be very happy if we could squeeze it into the points again.
Nico, after the pole position in Brazil has your position for next year changed in the team? Do you know what you are doing? No, unfortunately not. There is still no news regarding Williams. For me the most important thing is to remain in Formula One next year and that’s the main aim.
What really clicked in Brazil or was it just the conditions and you were there at the right time? I think it was a few circumstances. We had a very good tire pressure. I was very aggressive from the out lap with the tires and that is why every lap was getting better and better. I was just getting more temperatures into the tires and my car worked very well at that stage. If you see the on-board TV it was a very tidy lap with no mistakes in the conditions and I think all that together meant the pole position for us.
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