Though he will start two rows lower for the British Grand Prix in ninth place compared to his fifth in Austria, Nico Hulkenberg says it is only because of the new Force India VJM08 that it is starting inside the top ten.

Hulkenberg has been a consistent top ten contender in the visibly-different VJM08 since it was rolled out onto track for the first time in free practice, the Le Mans 24 Hours winner carrying that form to qualifying as he cracked Q3.

Going on to qualify in ninth position, though it is lower than where the best Force India has started in the last three races, he insists the high-speed corners of the Silverstone circuit would have seen the old car prove far lower on the grid.

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"I enjoyed today. Silverstone is one of those fun tracks, especially on low fuel with new tyres, and I'm feeling satisfied with our performance. My laps were clean and tidy, and it was a smooth session. The updates we brought here are working really well and without them I don't think it would have been possible to be in the top ten today.

"So from that perspective I'm very happy because we know there is more to come as we explore and learn about our car. For this weekend, the long run pace has looked competitive, but the cars ahead of me also look very quick and we will have to work hard to come away with points."