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Nico Hulkenberg: “I did feel some ‘human degradation’ at the end of the day”

Nico Hulkenberg thought he was well prepared for his test with Haas in Abu Dhabi but nevertheless admitted that he was suffering from some human degradation at the end of the day.

It was last summer since Nico Hlkenberg had taken action with an F1 car, when he was allowed to put the Aston Martin through its paces in a test for Pirelli. His first test for Haas in Abu Dhabi came to an end in the morning due to mechanical problems, but during the afternoon he managed to complete 110 laps.

The German said that he still has some work to do physically. “It was hard, it was tough, I also felt some human degradation towards the end of the day. But that was to be expected,” he said.

“Of course it’s good, it reminds you, it shows you again the intensity of these cars and then you add the race, the competition, and then it’s another story.”

“But I have a plan and I know what to do.”

Despite the problem during the morning session, Hulkenberg was satisfied with his first day at his new employer.

“I think I adapted pretty quickly and got comfortable quickly,” he said.

“Yes, there is the fact that it feels like a different car, it starts as soon as they start the engine. When the engine comes to life, the kind of vibration from the power unit, every power unit is different.”

“But no, I think I got used to it pretty quickly.”

According to Hulkenberg, there are still a number of small things that need to be worked on, such as his seating position.

“It was work and I felt limitations, which was honestly not unexpected. It’s not about lap times.”

“The basic things, the comfort things happen in parallel, but the important things are the performance things that you identify well: where can we do better? How can we go faster?”

“And map that out properly and try to work with the engineers to find solutions for that.”

“Obviously there will be a new car next year, so the cards will be shuffled a bit again and we’ll see what we get when we get going.”

Published by
Valeria Medeiros

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