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Nico on Montreal

Nico on Montreal
05 Jun 2012

Nico Hülkenberg talks about the challenge of racing at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. 

Nico, you picked up four points in Monaco. Were you happy with your race?
From a team perspective we can be happy to have two cars in the points, but I think my race result could have been even better. I didn´t have any clear track, especially after my stop, which allowed Paul to get past: he had a few clear laps which was just enough to get by me. But apart from that there were no dramas and the car felt strong. 

This will be the second time you’ve race in Canada. Is it a track you enjoy?
It’s one of my favourites and I love Montreal as a city. There’s a good atmosphere because the whole place gets behind the race and the city is always full of fans. It’s quite an unusual circuit being a mix between a permanent track and a street circuit, so there are lots of corners where the walls are very close. It’s easy to make a mistake because you have to use the kerbs and get close to the walls to get a good lap. It’s two years since I raced there, but I was able to do Friday practice last year. 

We’re a third of the way into the season - has the year lived up to your expectations so far…
There have been a lot of good moments already and there have also been times when I’ve been unlucky, but that’s what you expect in racing. Most of the races have been unpredictable, but I think our pace has been quite consistent so far. We were very close to making Q3 in Spain and Monaco, and we’ve been able to race well – in fact we are probably stronger in the races than qualifying. We’re not too far behind Sauber and Williams after six races and we saw last year how well the team was able to develop so I’m optimistic we can do the same this year.

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