Renault F1 equalled its highest result of the year so far as Nico Hülkenberg brought his R.S.17 home in sixth position in Sunday afternoon’s British Grand Prix.
The German driver started from a season-best fifth and had a strong race to claim a valuable eight points for the team.
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Starting the race fon his qualifying Supersoft Pirelli tyres and changing to a new set of Soft tyres on lap 24, Nico lost a place to Valtteri Bottas in the opening laps but thereafter continued to pull away from both Force India’s.
He looked set to claim fifth at the finish but a leak around the exhaust in the final laps of the race led to a gradual loss of the energy recovery system and allowed Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo to take the position.
He pulled up just metres over the finish line as a precaution.
“We are very happy with the race result,” he said. “P6 is a big success for the team. We were able to get a good lap in qualifying and then to carry it through to the race. We had a strong race pace, and were able to keep ahead of both Force India’s, which is really positive.”
“We lost some power at the end, especially down the straights, which made it easier for Daniel to pass me, but then we gained back a position from Seb [Vettel] when he had his problem. Overall this is a very positive result. The new upgrades worked really well, we were able to push the car and I’m really pleased for the team.”
The team is now just seven points shy of sixth position in the Constructors’ standings.