Sainz arrival a wake-up call for Hulkenberg

Published on 06 Mar 2018 09:51

Cyril Abiteboul says Nico Hulkenberg got a wake-up call last year. The German driver began the year as Jolyon Palmer's teammate, but the Briton was replaced mid-season by Carlos Sainz.

"One thing I recall was when we put Carlos in the car," Renault team boss Abiteboul told Auto Hebdo. "For the first time I heard Nico say 'What fuel is in the other car?' 'What tyres does he have?' 'What's his power mode?' For the first time, he cared about the other car," said the Frenchman.

Still referring to Hulkenberg, he continued: "It did not wake him up, because he's a competitor who never falls asleep, but it did worry him. And I think that's what drives him to excel." (GMM)

Replies (4)
US renaultFanF1 06 Mar 2018 10:550
Posts: 80
It's extremely important to have a good competitive teammate, without that the driver grows complacent, thinking "I'm doing the best job and there's no more to be done". Hulk is a great driver, but lack of competition from the other side of the garage is not good for anyone
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I really hope Sainz out-qualifies and out-races him. Hulk is a great driver, but the way he's conducted himself in interviews and some of the things he's said just makes me dislike him. So far I haven't noticed anything of that sort from Sainz.
US ajpennypacker 06 Mar 2018 18:230
Posts: 1261
Renault has an exciting driver pairing, I expect to see them racing closely like Force India last year. Very much looking forward to those fights in track.
SE calle.itw 06 Mar 2018 20:070
Posts: 5263
This is one of the teams I have the highest expectations on. A works team in their third year back with two good drivers on board.

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