Hülkenberg hails 'big success' for Renault
17 July 2017 – Nico Hülkenberg labelled sixth for Renault at the British Grand Prix as a "big success" as he equalled the manufacturer's best result since its return to Formula 1 as a full works team.
Hülkenberg started from fifth position, initially losing out to fast-starting Force India rival Esteban Ocon, before recapturing the position with an assertive move into Stowe.
Hülkenberg was overhauled by Valtteri Bottas, and then came under pressure from the recovering Daniel Ricciardo, the Renault driver's plight exacerbated by a leak around the exhaust.
Ricciardo duly moved past Hülkenberg, but the Renault driver took back sixth place after Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel suffered a late puncture.
"We are very happy with the race result; P6 is a big success for the team," said Hulkenberg.
"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 Indias, 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 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."
Hülkenberg moved into 10th place in the Drivers' Championship as a result, while Renault crept closer to Haas in the Constructors' battle.