Hülkenberg: Fifth place a great reward
25 May 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg said fifth was a "great reward" at the end of what the Force India driver described as a "difficult" Monaco Grand Prix.
Having started from the sixth row of the grid, Hülkenberg did well to work his way into the points positions early on before taking advantage of rivals' misfortune later in the race to climb further up the order.
"Ten points today is a great reward after such a difficult race," he said.
"The last 20 laps were really tricky because my supersoft tyres were at the end of their life and it was hard to hold off the cars behind me and stay away from the barriers. There were a few close moments when I kissed the wall, but I survived and managed to hold on to fifth place."
One of the highlights of Hülkenberg's race was an early pass on McLaren rival Kevin Magnussen at Portier.
"He had to let a Toro Rosso back through and lost a bit of momentum so I saw my opportunity to stick my nose down the inside of Turn 8. On a track like Monaco it gives you a big smile to make the move stick," he added.
In the sister Force India, Sergio Pérez suffered a first lap retirement after contact with McLaren's Jenson Button.