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Hülkenberg: "We are fighting against McLaren and Force India"

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15 September 2017 – 7:54 pm
Nico Hülkenberg was able to surprise as a fifth quickest at the training session on the Singapore Grand Prix – but the Renault driver remains realistic

Nico Hulkenberg licked blood: Best of the Rest in Singapore?

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(cafetheology.org) – If the Topteams does not run so smoothly, the hour of latecomers. At the training session for the Singapore Grand Prix, Nico Hülkenberg was ready. With the fifth fastest time his name is in the time table before those of the Ferrari pilots. But the Renault driver remains realistic: "Of course, fifth place is just a snapshot, I do not know what happened at Ferrari, but they will be back on us on Saturday and Sunday, we are fighting against McLaren and Force India." set a time of 1: 42.448 minutes in the second free practice under floodlight. This was more than one and a half seconds slower than the best time that Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo pretended. But the Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes was only around three tenths of a second. "The car feels quite good and seems to be competitive," says Hülkenberg. "But I'm not quite satisfied with the balance." He has improved from the first to the second session. In daylight he was only ninth and slower than the McLaren of Fernando Alonso and the Force India of Sergio Perez. This is to be avoided again tomorrow, when the starting position for the night race is shown. "In recent races, our racing pace has proved to be much better than the qualifying speed, which helps if you can stay ahead, and if you go behind it, it will be difficult, so the qualifying is important here is not to get into the traffic. "Otherwise Renault would have to" think something magical ". "This is often the case with crazy races with safety car phases, which is difficult to predict, but normally there are possibilities to try something." The Friday placement has given the Emmerich any boost: "If the first six cars see the target flag, I will probably see seventh." At the latest, however, team colleague Jolyon Palmer wants to have a word with him. The Briton was already around eight tenths in the first practice, and in the second, 1.3 seconds slower than Hülkenberg. "It was a very good day, I was very satisfied with my pace, but I just touched the wall on the ultra-soft tire, which cost me a second in the following curves, but Nico showed how good the Pace is, which is very encouraging for a Friday. "


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