Hülkenberg says fifth 'ideal' result
8 September 2013 – Nico Hülkenberg believes fifth place was the maximum he could have achieved in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, describing a "great performance" by his Sauber team.
Having started from the second row, with only the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber getting the better of him in qualifying, Hülkenberg went on to score his largest points haul of the season, fending off Nico Rosberg in the closing stages.
"It’s a great result and, after [qualifying] yesterday, another great performance by the team today," said Hülkenberg. "I am very happy and fifth was the ideal result. Despite starting third, it was clear keeping the Ferrari and Red Bulls behind was not realistic.
"I lost two places at the start, but then the pace was good and, especially towards the end, I was able to catch up quite a bit again. I kept the Mercedes behind with Nico leaving no room for me making any mistakes."
Hülkenberg, who now has five points finishes to his name this term, added: "I hope this will give us momentum, so we can carry this form on to the next couple of races."
Team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez finished 13th, 2.5 seconds away from a maiden point.