Progress made in first season for Hulkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg (27) and Carlos Sainz (55) ahead of Toro Rosso in Brazil. Renault need to better the Italian team’s score by six points in Abu Dhabi to clinch sixth spot in the constructors’ championship Picture: Renault Sport Formula One Team

A fired-up Nico Hülkenberg is ready to end his maiden season with Renault on a bright note as the team sets its sights on a sixth place finish.

The Enstone-based outfit are seventh, four points behind Toro Rosso, who have collected one point from the last five races.

To complicate matters, Banbury-based Haas are only two points behind Hülkenberg, Carlos Sainz and co.

A weary Cyril Abiteboul, the managing director of Renault Sport, said: “This race is almost a championship in itself as we are in a tight battle with Toro Rosso and Haas, and everything is still to play for.

“Either one of us could finish between sixth and eighth position so we are being very careful with our preparations.

“We will have to combine an approach that is at the same time attacking, as we need five points more than Toro Rosso to get sixth, but also conservative as we are just two points ahead of Haas.”

Hülkenberg admitted it had been a frustrating campaign but progress has been made.

He said: “I head to Abu Dhabi hoping to score well. I want to kick back on Sunday night at Yas Marina with the team and celebrate a job well done.

“This year has been about progress and development. I’ve got to know a new team, and one that has been developing strongly.”

The German added: “I think we have put many things in place behind the scenes, which will enable us to fight for better positions in the future, and that’s always been the aim.”

Sharing is caring!