Nico Hülkenberg heads to Spain with a determined frame of mind, as he targets a strong weekend and a return to the points.
What are the main challenges of racing in Barcelona?
We rack up a lot of laps at Barcelona year on year, so it’s a place we are all very familiar with. It’s a layout I like with a lot high-speed corners including Turns 3 and 10, which are especially quick. Barcelona is actually a very physical circuit, and you usually feel the aches in your neck after the race! We had a productive winter test there earlier in the year so we’ll be looking to build on that circuit knowledge and put in a good result throughout the weekend.
Do you like racing in Barcelona?
The Spanish Grand Prix has been on the calendar every year since I’ve raced in Formula 1, and I’ve won a race at the circuit back in 2008 in my Formula 3 days! The fans are excellent in Spain every year; they are loud and so passionate for motorsport and that’s great to see.
How do you reflect on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?
Obviously, Baku was not a good weekend for us. I gave it my best effort and was driving very hard, but we couldn’t seem to make any progression. The season is very long and I hope this is just one of those off weekends, which can happen. It’s been a difficult start to the season, but I know we’re a tight group. We’ll put our heads together and go again in Barcelona.