Nico Hulkenberg spent the first day in Racing Point’s RP20 after his eleven-hour call-up to drive for the team this weekend.
He finished the sixth fastest practice on Friday after flying from Germany yesterday to take Sergio Pérez’s car.
“The last 24 hours have been a little special,” Hulkenberg said. “Crazy and wild.
“At 4.30pm yesterday afternoon I received the call, I took a plane here. I had a proper seat until 2pm last night. Then at 8 in the morning in the simulator, for an hour, a little preparation, so it has been a short night. But it’s all worth it.
“It was a great effort on the part of the team, I want to thank the team and the guys on the night shift who did an amazing job of adapting to the car and even quite comfortably and the FIA to give- “It̵7;s been so special. It’s been so special.”
The brief simulator session offered Hulkenberg the opportunity to learn the basics of RP20.
“I have to commit to things pretty quickly. It’s just been a bit of getting used to the steering wheel and some of the functions. We didn’t have a lot of time because I also had to try.”
Hulkenberg has not driven an F1 car since December last year, and has admitted he felt tension in his body after the first day at RP20.
“We start the program with a lot of laps, I’m sorry. I’ve been really thrown into the cold water here. I think my body will feel it tomorrow and the next day. Obviously, it’s a big challenge, but I don’t have that much for it.” .
“G-forces are hard to train because they’re so unique and so special,” he added. “While I’m in decent shape, this kind of G-force, and especially here, is one of the fastest, highest-speed tracks. And 35 degrees, it also picks up the hottest day in the UK so far. I have the best of all.
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He said the car felt “quite different” from the Renault he was driving last year. “Today I tried to do it step by step, get up quickly with the car, understand it,” he said.
“It just takes time to inhale everything, understand it, know how to drive it and learn it. Obviously there’s more time tonight to focus on learning. All I can say is that now it’s very fast around here ”.
After finishing his first day of practice six tenths of a second behind teammate and pace scorer Lance Stroll, Hulkenberg says he will have a lot left over tomorrow.
“You see the great potential,” he said. “The car is very fast.
“I didn’t blow the top tire well, I think I have a little more in my bag and I need to do better. But in that, we’re going to work, obviously, at night and trying to get the best out of the car this weekend. . “
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