Renault's German driver Nico Hulkenberg drives during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Hulkenberg struggles to thirteenth at Monza

Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg had a tough Italian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, when he crossed the line down in thirteenth place.

Nico started the race from P14 after receiving a penalty after qualifying. He was originally set to start tenth, but became one of the nine drivers on the topsy turvy grid to receive a penalty.

The German driver made an early pit stop but was unable to work back up the order due to the unique high-speed challenges Monza presents.

The team did everything within their means to get Nico into the points. However, with the pace they had, it wasn’t possible; the balance of the car simply wasn’t there throughout the weekend.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to make into the points here today as the race was a bit of a struggle,” Nico said. “As we had anticipated, we lost out on top speed, meaning we couldn’t fight with the cars ahead. I was also struggling with the balance, so overall it was a tough race. That said, I don’t think we need to go crazy over today’s performance. We need to look ahead to Singapore and focus on the next Grand Prix.”

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