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Hulkenberg happy with battling drive

Nico Hulkenberg happy with seventh in the Italian Grand Prix
Nico Hulkenberg said he was pleased with his performance in the Italian Grand Prix after a battling drive saw him finish seventh in the Monza race.

The Williams driver had qualified in eighth place but climbed to sixth on the opening lap, where he would remain for the majority of the race.

The young German battled hard to keep the Red Bull of Mark Webber at bay until the Australian finally managed to get ahead on lap 50, although Hulkenberg was still happy to take the flag in seventh place – scoring points for the third time in the last five races.

“It was a tough day, but a rewarding one,” he said. “I lost position off the start line, but managed to recover two places in the first chicane. From then on, I seemed to be fighting one or other of the Red Bulls for the whole afternoon, and there wasn't a moment when there was any let up in the pressure.

“It was made all the more difficult as I was struggling with the brake pedal, but it was an exciting afternoon of attacking and defending with great work in the pitstop, so I am pleased with the outcome.”

Team-mate Rubens Barrichello joined Hulkenberg in bringing home a points finish in tenth, although his hopes of ending the race higher were hit at the start when he found himself stuck behind Sebastien Buemi early in the race.

“I had a good start off the line and was alongside Nico,” he said, “but coming into the first turn, I took the outside line and we all bunched up behind Vettel who had a bad start - it is so tight there – and I lost a part of my nose.

“Perhaps more significantly, I dropped behind Buemi who was running long, and that pretty much dictated my race, but I am glad that I added a point to our championship position.”



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rob01

September 13, 2010 1:34 PM

If you count going off the track three times and cutting a chicane to block someone from passing you. You did a great job. If it's normal to stay on the track while running a GP, then you sucked. He should have been penalized for cutting the track where it suited him. And he cost MW a lot of time that would have kept him in front of vetvet at the end. Pityful that the stewards let him use parts of the circuit that were not actually on the track to hold his position and screw mark over.

Alan D - Unregistered

September 13, 2010 5:17 PM

Regardless of whether cutting the corner gained or lost him any time, regardless of whether or not another driver was trying to overtake him at the time, the race is meant to run within the white lines and there should be a penalty for drivers going outside them. If that means that the only way they can get around a corner is by going slower then, SHOCK HORROR, they'll have to take their foot off the gas and go slower and risk getting passed by a more skilful driver.



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