Hulkenberg admits Renault still has work to do

Published on 05 Dec 2017 15:55

Despite a successful first year at Renault, Nico Hulkenberg says that the team has much more work to do if it wants to challenge the front-runners. 2017 was Renault's second year back in the sport after a late buy-out of the Lotus team before the 2016 season.

Hulkenberg left Force India for the French team at the end of 2016. In his first season with them, he secured a best finish of sixth place (Spain, Great Britain, Belgium and Abu Dhabi). At the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Hulkenberg's sixth place finish was enough to secure the team sixth in the constructor's championship.

"It was really great to wrap up the season with a result that made us all go home with our heads held high," the Hulk said to "In that respect Abu Dhabi was a very welcome final curtain on 2017, as it showed that we are definitely moving in the right direction – even though I don’t have any illusions that the success we are looking for will come overnight. In reality I would give it another 12 to 18 months. The aim is to fight at the top. That has not changed."

Although the team is not where it wants to be, the German is encouraged by the progress it is making: "We know that we still have homework to do in certain areas, but the signs are all super encouraging, as pace-wise we are getting better and better. Actually I am really proud of how we progressed, looking back to where we started at the beginning of the season."

Adding to the Abu Dhabi finish, Hulkenberg says that it was a very good way to end the season: "It will do a lot for the morale, because finishing with a strong result helps everybody. And, of course, more funds always help – no doubt about that!

"I would say that we had a good package the whole second part of the season, though we had so many issues that cost us so many good results and so many points along the way. So yes, Abu Dhabi was a bit like recovering some of what we had lost and finishing on a positive note."


Fergal Walsh

Replies (7)
Posts: 133
I'm sorry but
Posts: 625
I’m not a particular fan of Hulk but quite honestly he has performed at the top of his game in every team he’s driven for and delivered absolute value for money. 100% commitment. He far from ‘sucks’
Posts: 133
I don't like nim. He showed his lack od culture in relation to Palmer during "Grill the grid". Hulk is a buffoon, anyway Perez defeated him in FI. Hulk sucks.
Posts: 625
Well you clearly know best my friend. I am very ‘accomodating’. I just love everybody, even my ex wives 😉
Posts: 133
English humor...
DK RenaultFM1 06 Dec 2017 04:120
Posts: 100
#BARRON, i'm sorry to say but Peres did beat him always when at FI. Maybe his game just not good enough?
DK RenaultFM1 06 Dec 2017 04:160
Posts: 100
He try to come out as a nice guy but actually he is not. I lost everything for him when he disrupted a tv interview kevin had going on. Was happy to see that when he went for fame but got shamed. he was 5th choice at Renault and I think he will be gone by next season.

        Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
Local time
Give your opinion!
Which rookie do you think will impress the most in 2019?

Track Yas Marina Circuit
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Location AE Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Website Website
Team profile
Name IN Force India
Founding date Jan 1 2008
93,800 comments on Force India
8 members have this team as their favourite
Location Silverstone
Tweets about Force India
Formula 1 Calendar
Previous Grand Prix: 25 November 2018
AE Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi