Nico Hulkenberg says his performance in the Mexican Grand Prix comes as a timely boost after a recent run of bad results and felt the luck shined for him with the timing of the safety car period.
The German driver has ended a run of consecutive retirements after he failed to finish in Russia and the USA and hails his seventh place as a strong result from a difficult race.
The Force India driver had a relatively anonymous race, with his team-mate Sergio Perez receiving all the attention at his debut home GP, but he didn't put a wheel wrong and was able to jump ahead of the Mexican when the safety car period came at the perfect time.
“I am really happy about this performance and finally getting back in the points after a bit of a difficult period for me,” Hulkenberg said. “It was a very clean race from my part, with no mistakes and no problems. It took a lot of management as the temperatures were high and we had to look after the brakes as well, so from that perspective it was a very demanding race.
“It was a good race, although I was quite lonely for most of it. We couldn't have gotten any more from it so I feel very happy with the result. The safety car ended up playing into my hands, which is the little bit of luck you always need to get a good result, but our pace was strong and we were able to hold our own.”
Hulkenberg's haul of points sees him close up behind Romain Grosjean with just one point separating them in the F1 Drivers' Championship, while he also cut Max Verstappen's advantage in tenth place in the standings to three points.