Nico Hulkenberg impressed again and took his third fifth place of the 2014 F1 season on Sunday in the Monaco Grand Prix, despite a 'few close moments' when he kissed the wall.

Hulkenberg came under pressure from Jenson Button in the closing stages, but successfully fended off the Briton to grab another ten points and move himself up to fifth in the Drivers' Championship ahead of reigning champion, Sebastian Vettel.

"Ten points today is a great reward after such a difficult race. The last twenty laps were really tricky because my supersoft tyres were at the end of their life and it was hard to hold off the cars behind me and stay away from the barriers," conceded the Force India F1 man post-race.

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"There were a few close moments when I kissed the wall," he added, "but I survived and managed to hold on to fifth place.

"Fortunately my car was quick in the right places - going into the tunnel and also through the final corner," he continued.

Hulkenberg also pulled off arguably one of the moves of the race when he went by Kevin Magnussen at Portier on lap 32.

"There were some enjoyable moments in the race, especially my move on Magnussen," the German recounted.

"He had to let the Toro Rosso back through and he lost a bit of momentum so I saw my opportunity to stick my nose down the inside of turn eight.

"On a track like Monaco it gives you a big smile to make the move stick."