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Hulkenberg Eyes Suzuka Optimism Meets Realism

Hülkenberg Eyes Suzuka: Optimism Meets Realism

04/04/2024

Nico Hülkenberg’s mix of optimism and realism captures Haas F1’s strategic approach to the demanding Suzuka GP.

Haas F1 is on a positive trajectory, with points in Saudi Arabia and Australia. Nico Hülkenberg, who has finished in the top 10 twice in three races, remains cautious for the Japanese GP this weekend at Suzuka.

“The mood is upbeat, but we are aware that this circuit might be the most challenging for us so far this season. Last year, it highlighted our weaknesses, and it will be a test because there is wind, and it’s always challenging in a Formula 1 car,” stated Hülkenberg, discussing his team’s recent results.

“I think it’s a combination of several factors. We’ve been a bit lucky that others had issues, and we were there to capitalize. But in terms of pure pace, there’s still room for improvement. And fast corners are our weakness, so I expect it to be tougher here.”

Kevin Magnussen scored a point in Melbourne, but the Dane is also aware that Suzuka won’t be easy for Haas F1. Nonetheless, he’s relying on strong race performances to achieve a good result.

“I feel good; it’s probably not our favorite track with the fast corners, but we’re quick on the straights, and there are some here. It might not go very well in qualifications, but we perform better in the race, so we’ll give it our all,” says Magnussen.

“Given the nature of the circuit, we’ll try to extract more in the fast corners, but that’s the case for everyone. We have a solid base; we’ll aim to have a clean weekend and score some points.”

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