Nico Hulkenberg raced on his first day in the Racing Point RP20 series after an 11 o’clock call to drive the team this weekend.
He finished the sixth fastest leg on Friday after returning from Germany yesterday to take over Sergio Perez’s car.
“The last 24 hours have been a little special,” Hulkenberg said. “Crazy and wild.
“Yesterday evening, at 4.30 pm, I received a call, I took the plane here. Had a seat until yesterday at 2 p.m. Then this morning at 8 o’clock in the morning to the gym, a little preparatory work, so it was a short night. But everything is worth it.
“It was a huge team effort, I want to thank the team and the night shift guys who did an amazing job to fit me in the car and even quite comfortably, and the FIA for turning me so greasy on the super license. It was very special. “
A short training session gave Hulkenberg the opportunity to learn the basics of RP20.
“I got things done pretty quickly. It just took a little getting used to the steering wheel and some of the features. We didn̵7;t have a bunch of time because I had to be tested, too. “
Hulkenberg has not driven an F1 car since December last year and admitted that he felt a body load after the first day of the RP20.
“We have a program in a lot of circles, that’s what I feel. I was really thrown into the cold water here. I think my body will feel it tomorrow and the next day. It’s obviously a huge challenge, but I’m not afraid. “
“G-forces are hard to train because they are so unique and special,” he added. “Even though I’m in the right shape, this type of G-force is one of the fastest, high-speed tracks, especially here. And at 35 degrees, I also choose the hottest day in the UK to date. I have all the best. “
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He said the car felt “completely different” than the Renault he was driving last year. “Today I tried to take it step by step, to quickly reach the speed with the car, to understand,” he said.
“It only takes time to inspire, understand, know how to drive and learn. Obviously, more time is needed tonight for learning. All I can say is pretty fast these days. “
After finishing six-tenths of a second behind teammate and tempo set Lance Stroll on the first day of practice, Hulkenberg says there will be more of him tomorrow.
“You see huge potential,” he said. “The car is very fast.
“I didn’t use the top tire so well, I think I have a little more in the bag and I have to use that tire better. But of course, we work all night and we will try to get the best possible opportunity from the car this weekend. “
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