Nico Hulkenberg has concluded the 2013 F1 season with a 'good feeling' after grabbing tenth place in the Drivers' Championship.

The German ran strongly throughout the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix and while he had problems with understeer, he still managed to bring his Sauber C32 home in eighth place. It was his second points' finish in a row and his tenth of the year, bringing his tally to 51, putting him one point up on McLaren's Sergio Perez and two up on Force India pilot Paul di Resta.

"It was a good race," said Hulkenberg. "I had a good start and nice battles in the first few laps. Then I was by myself for most of the race. The problem today was too much understeer. Because of that the front tyres were ruined pretty quickly, which cost us time.

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"But finishing eighth is a solid result and it puts me in tenth place in the drivers' championship, which I have never achieved before.

"That is a good feeling."

Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez meanwhile finished twelfth in the sister car and while he only managed points once - when he was seventh in Japan - he still finishes as the highest placed rookie, two points up on Valtteri Bottas.

"Overall I feel positive," said the Mexican. "It's been a great race and I enjoyed all the fights on track today. I had a good first lap overtaking quite a few cars. We were struggling a bit with the hard tyres in the first stint, but then managed to recover some time with the medium tyres during the second and third stints. So the way we approached everything today was good.

"It was still quite a challenge to manage the front graining we had and I was doing everything I could to try and compensate for that.

"All in all I have finished the season with a positive race. It was a season where learning and gaining experience have been the main topics for me, and I feel I did a solid job as a driver to take the next step forward for my performance."