Nico Hulkenberg has said that his P3 result in qualifying for the Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix was a “nice highlight”.
Hulkenberg, who is filling in for Sergio Perez at Racing Point, put together a strong qualifying performance on his second race weekend with the Silverstone-based team, setting a best time of 1m26.082s to end up third fastest, behind both Mercedes cars.
Not only was he the fastest non-Mercedes car, he was also four tenths faster than his team-mate and regular Racing Point driver, Lance Stroll, who ended up sixth fastest.
Speaking after qualifying, Hulkenberg said: “It’s been a crazy week and after the highs and lows of my comeback last week, P3 on the grid for tomorrow is a nice highlight!
“Last week definitely helped me feel more prepared for this weekend, but qualifying was still a real challenge today.
“In Q2, I made life hard for myself a little bit and I thought I might have damaged the car. But once we got through to Q3, it was about getting my head down, giving it full beans, and giving my all for the lap time.
“I have a big smile on my face, but it’s only Saturday and it’s tomorrow that really matters.”
Hulkenberg has the opportunity to end his unwanted record of most races contested without a podium result, but while getting on the podium would be the dream target, he knows it’s not going to be straightforward, given how long it has been since he has started a race.
“To be honest, it’s very challenging and difficult circumstances but I know I have a fast car beneath me.” he said.
“So it’s just trying to make sure to do everything right.
“Obviously it’s starting lap one. It’s going to be also new for me but I think I’ll just try to get it right with all the experience that I have and then we’ll race.
“Obviously a couple of races behind the other guys but I still remember what it feels like.
“Just try not to think too much, keep my head down and have a good race tomorrow.”