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Hulkenberg reveals reason behind late race pit stop

  • Published on 11 Aug 2020 16:55
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Racing Point's Nico Hulkenberg has explained the reason behind why he was forced to pit in the closing stages of Sunday's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, revealing an issue with vibrations and blisters on the rear tyres as the problem.

Hulkenberg started well after qualifying an astonishing third for the team and despite losing third to eventual race winner Max Verstappen, the reserve driver managed to hold fourth for the majority of the race.

The team opted to put Hulkenberg on a one-stop strategy but as the race neared it's conclusion, it was clear that he would not be able to do so and pitted in the closing laps for a change to soft tyres.

"We were forced to pit off the prime tyre," Hulkenberg revealed

"We had some nice, big blisters on both rear tyres and the vibrations get so quickly out of hand. Within just two/three laps it skyrocketed and I don't think the tyres would have survived until the end so it was a pity.

"The first half of the race was very under control and managed, for the second I just got onto the prime set, like a different set of tyres and a different compound and it just didn't work on that.

Hulkenberg going to be 'a bit sore' after Grand Prix return

Hulkenberg also spoke about how it felt to run a full Grand Prix distance in over six months, calling the race physically tough.

The race was Hulkenberg's first since his final race with Renault in Abu Dhabi last November, as he stood in for Sergio Perez for the second weekend in a row.

"Yeah it was tough," Hulkenberg added.

"Luckily these cars have the headrests quite close so I could rest my head a lot but the whole body, the back muscles, even the seat is tight around the glutes so I'm definitely going to be a bit sore."

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  • well we figured as much, but why so late, and why softs? they'd already proven futile...

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    • Aug 11 2020 - 17:58
    • I understand why softs since there were such few laps left. I figured they wanted to try for fastest lap. What I don't understand is why Nico wasn't even catching Stroll ahead of him after putting brand new softs on. He only got 6th fastest lap behind Nicholas Latifi out of all people

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      • Aug 11 2020 - 21:02
    • softs were always a bad option here though, they just melted off, better tonuse mediums and floor it. He simply didn't have the time or tyres to catch Stroll.

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      • Aug 11 2020 - 21:59

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