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Sauber duo looking forward to Silverstone
21 June 2013
Sauber duo Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez say that they enjoy Silverstone for its fast-paced layout and are looking for a good result next weekend.
Sauber have struggled so far this season and have failed to repeat the consistent pace of 2012, in which they scored four podium finishes. The Swiss outfit sit eighth in the constructors' standings, with just five points from seven races.
But Nico Hülkenberg is hoping for an upturn in form, and says he is at home with the Silverstone track for next weekend: “I'm comfortable with the track,” he said.
“I particularly like corners like Maggots, Becketts and Chapel, which require a lot of driving skill. They are a lot of fun in a Formula One car, because you can really feel the downforce. High downforce will be important, but also aerodynamic efficiency, because there are still a few straights.
“The track is challenging for every driver and, in addition, the weather can be tricky as well. So it should be an interesting weekend.”
Hülkenberg's Mexican team-mate, Esteban Gutiérrez, also says the British Grand Prix is among his favourites, and has run well at Silverstone in the past: “I've raced there in every year of my career and it's one of the circuits I like the most,” he said.
“The track has a lot of fast corners that you pass in split seconds. To feel the limit of the car at such high speed, for example in corners like Becketts, is something special. In GP3 Silverstone was the track where I scored the most points in one weekend, and I also have good memories of winning there in Formula BMW and GP2.
“Usually the weather presents a challenge there, so we can expect a bit of variety again.”