Hulkenberg’s return to full-time racing in 2023 has been promising, with strong performances in qualifying, but the car’s race pace has been a challenge. Despite showing potential with a seventh-place finish in Australia and a sixth-place result in the Austrian GP sprint event, the team faces complex issues that cannot be quickly fixed.
According to Hulkenberg, the team understands the reasons behind the car’s performance issues, but finding solutions and gaining significant performance improvements is not an easy task. He acknowledges that it will take time to address these problems and achieve better results. The upcoming summer break provides an opportunity for the team to regroup and work on necessary upgrades.
The recent race at Spa exposed the weaknesses of the car, leaving Hulkenberg feeling uncompetitive throughout the weekend. He encountered hydraulic issues, resulting in a disappointing starting position for the sprint and missing out on main qualifying altogether. However, he took advantage of the situation to install a new Ferrari power unit and gearbox without incurring significant penalties.
Despite the challenging weekend, Hulkenberg managed to make some gains during the race, passing a few drivers at the start from the pitlane. Overall, he hopes to leave the tough weekend behind, reset during the summer break, and return stronger for the next races with the benefits of a fresh engine.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Car challenges
1. What has been Hulkenberg’s performance in the 2023 F1 season so far?
Hulkenberg has shown good pace on his return to a full-time drive in 2023, regularly making it to Q3 in qualifying and achieving as high as second place in Canada. However, the car has faced challenges in races, affecting its performance.
2. What were Hulkenberg’s best race results in the first half of the season?
In the first half of the season, Hulkenberg’s best race result was a seventh-place finish in Australia. He also managed to secure a sixth-place finish in the Austrian GP sprint event.
3. Does the team know what’s causing the car’s performance issues?
Yes, according to Hulkenberg, the team understands the cause of the car’s performance issues and why they occur.
4. Can the car’s problems be fixed quickly?
No, Hulkenberg emphasizes that fixing the issues and achieving significant performance improvements will not be an easy or short-term task. It requires a more complex approach.
5. What are Hulkenberg’s expectations after the summer break?
Hulkenberg hopes the summer break will allow the team to regroup and work on necessary upgrades to improve the car’s performance in the upcoming races.
6. How did Hulkenberg’s race go at Spa?
Hulkenberg had a challenging weekend at Spa, starting from the back in the sprint race due to hydraulic issues and missing out on main qualifying. He eventually finished 18th after starting from the pitlane for car changes in parc ferme.
7. Was there any positive moment during Hulkenberg’s race?
Yes, the only bright moment came during his pitlane start when he made up positions on the first lap, overtaking several drivers who were slowed down by an incident involving another car at the bottom of Eau Rouge.