Nico Hulkenberg admits that he is relishing the fight in the constructors' standings at next weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas occupy sixth, seventh and eighth in the standings respectively, and are all separated by just six points.
Hulkenberg, who has racked up 35 points for Renault this year, is hoping to come away from the season finale having secured sixth in the standings for Renault. With new teammate Carlos Sainz by his side, the German wants to complete his first season with the French manufacturer on a high.
"The constructors’ championship will go down to the wire for sixth in Abu Dhabi and I’m really relishing the challenge," he said. "The track should suit us better than Interlagos. It’s the season finale, there’s plenty at stake and that makes me very excited. I head to Abu Dhabi hoping to score well. I want to kick back on Sunday night at Yas Marina with the team and celebrate a job well done."
Speaking about the circuit itself, Hulkenberg thinks that the track will suit the car more than Interlagos last time out: "The circuit itself is quite amazing and the facilities are really impressive. It’s a long lap with a weird rhythm so it’s key to get comfortable with the change of flow.
"The corners are a lot different to each other so it’s vital to find a good balance, get accustomed to the conditions and master it. Abu Dhabi is a really fun place for a season finale. I’ve finished in the top seven three times in the last three years so I’m looking forward to it and ready to fight for some points."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing