In Conversation with: Nico Hülkenberg

It was heartache for Nico Hülkenberg at home in Germany, but he’s ready to put that to one side and focus on a positive result in Hungary; the final race before the summer break.

How much do you enjoy racing in Hungary?

Hungary is always a good Grand Prix weekend. It also marks the end of the first part of the season as we have the summer break, which I’m looking forward to. It’s been a busy few months tackling this European part of the calendar so it’ll be nice to recharge after the race.

The Hungaroring is a very technical circuit and almost non-stop. Corners come one after the other and they all combine in a way. A small mistake on one corner means you’re off for the next one and it’s therefore quite challenging to string together a lap. You need confidence in the car. It’s a physical race too, not only because it’s busy at the wheel, but also because of the heat. Fitness is very important, but it’s a challenge I enjoy.

Do you have time to visit Budapest?

I like Budapest as a city. It’s one of my favourites on the calendar actually. It’s nice and picturesque with some cool buildings and the river flowing through. The local food is also nice, especially goulash! The fans are always passionate for Formula 1 there, so all in all, it makes it a fun weekend. We’ll be aiming for a good result on track to ensure we head into the summer with something to smile about.

Talk us through your feelings after Germany…

It was a bitter one and I’m very disappointed for the team and myself. We were doing a very good job in difficult conditions. It hurts, but we have the opportunity for an immediate comeback this weekend in Hungary. I’m determined as ever for a strong result.