Following his 11th hour call-up to drive for the team this weekend, Nico Hulkenberg at Ricoh Point RP20 revealed his first day.
He finished his sixth practice on Friday after flying from Germany yesterday to pick up Sergio Perez’s car.
“The last 24 hours have been kinda special,” Hulkenberg said. “Crazy and wild.
“I got a call yesterday at 4:30 pm, took a plane here. There was seat fitting until 2 o’clock last night. Then at 8 am for an hour in the simulator, a little prep work, so it was a short night. But all meaningful.
“It was a great effort by the team, I want to thank the team and the people of Night Shift who did an amazing job fitting me in the car and even being so relaxed and the FIA being so fat on SuperSilence Rotated for. It’s very special. “
The brief simulator session gave Hulkenberg an opportunity to learn the basics of RP20.
“I catch up with things very quickly. There was little left to get used to the steering wheel and some functions. We did not have time constraints because I also had to test. “
Hulkenberg has not driven an F1 car since December last year, and he admitted that he felt a strain on his body after his first day at RP20.
“We got the program, many gaps, I think. I am really thrown into cold water. I think my body will feel tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. This is obviously a big challenge but I’m not ashamed of it. “
He said, “G-Force is hard to train because it is very unique and special.” “Even though I’m in decent shape, this kind of G-force and especially here is one of the fastest, high-speed tracks. And 35 degrees, I also choose the UK’s hottest day ever. I like it. Everything has got great. “
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He said the car made Renault feel “quite different” from what he drove last year. “I tried to take it step-by-step today, get up to speed with the car, figure it out,” he said.
“It takes time to do everything, understand it, know how to run it and learn. Obviously tonight is more time to focus on learning. All I can say is that it is very fast nowadays. “
After ending their first day of practice six-tenths of a second behind teammate and pace-setter Lance Stroke, Hulkenberg says there’s something more to come from them tomorrow.
“You see huge potential,” he said. “The car is massively fast.
“I didn’t make good use of that top tire, I think I have too much in the bag and I need to use that tire better. But, we’re working at night, obviously, through the night To and from the car the best possible this weekend. “
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