Nico Hulkenberg was angry about his first day at RP20 Racing Point after his eleven-hour challenge to lead the team this weekend.
He finished the sixth fastest practice on Friday, when he flew out of Germany yesterday to take Sergio Perez’s car.
“The last 24 hours have been a bit strange,” Hulkenberg said. “Crazy and wild.”
“I called yesterday afternoon at 4:30, I took a plane here. The seat was until 2:00 last night. Then at 8:00 in the morning to the simulator, a little preparatory work, so it was a short night. But everything is worth it.
“The team has been working hard, I want to thank the team and the night shift boys who did an amazing job of getting me in the car and even quite comfortably, and the FIA for turning it so hard on a super license.”; It was very strange. “
A short simulation session gave Hulkenberg the opportunity to learn the basics of RP20.
“I had to deal with things very quickly.” It was just a little getting used to the steering wheel and some features. We didn’t have much time because I had to be tested as well. “
Hulkenberg has been driving an F1 vehicle since December last year and admitted that after the first day in the RP20, he felt tension on his body.
“We got the program in many rounds that I feel. I’m really thrown in cold water here. I think my body will feel it tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. It’s obviously a big challenge, but I’m not shy about it. “
“G-forces are hard to train because it’s so unique and so weird,” he added. “Even though I’m in decent shape, this kind of G force and especially here, one of the fastest and most high-speed routes. And 35 degrees I also choose the hottest day in the UK. I have the best of all. “
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He said the car was “completely different” from Renault, which drove last year. “I tried to do it step by step today, to get up to speed with the car, to understand it,” he said.
“It’s just time to breathe in everything, understand it, know how you have to guide it and learn. Obviously, there is more time today to focus on learning. All I can say is that today is pretty fast. “
After finishing the first day of training six-tenths of a second behind teammate and pace setter Lance Stroll, Hulkenberg says he has something to come from tomorrow.
“You see huge potential,” he said. “The car is very fast.
“I didn’t use the top tire so well, I think I have a little more in my bag and I need to use it better. But of course we will work on it all night and try to get the best out of the car this weekend. ‘ “
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