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Hulkenberg glad to have tested revised Pirelli tyres 19 Jul 2013

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber C32.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber C32.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013

Nico Hulkenberg says he is pleased he participated in this week young driver test at Silverstone, despite being able to discern few performance differences between Pirelli’s revised tyres and their predecessors during his 52 lap stint on Thursday afternoon.

With all of the teams facing restrictions on how they could set-up and alter their cars whilst testing the new rubber, and drivers limited in the amount of time they could spend behind the wheel, several high-profile names - including Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso - have not attended the three day session.

Hulkenberg, however, could see the value in being there: “I’m happy I was here, that I did it and I felt it,” he said, “but it wasn’t a day and night change (between the old and new tyres) - you could just turn up in Hungary and it will be fine too.

“But still, I’m glad I came here - time in the car is always welcome.”

When asked to explain how the revised tyres - which are the 2012-specification construction combined with the 2013 compounds - differed from the older-specification rubber, Hulkenberg said his initial impressions were that little had changed.

“There’s not a huge difference to be honest," he said. "They’re still black and still round! It’s difficult to filter everything out, but the car feels pretty much the same.”

Hulkenberg has scored a point in each of the last two races, the German showing particularly competitive pace at his home race at the Nurburgring. However, he’s unsure as to whether Sauber have now turned a corner with the C32.

“It’s difficult to tell really. Here at Silverstone and at the last race in Germany we clinched one point - not a massive amount. It’s still a development race - we have updates for Budapest and we need to wait and see how they impact and change the car and whether they transform it into a much better car or not.

“The point at Silverstone was lucky, whereas the point at the Nurburgring was on merit and we felt we could have done better. Nurburgring is similar to Shanghai in that it is a front-limited circuit. In Shanghai I was leading the race and it was looking very promising. Then at the Nurburgring I was looking stronger, so it might be linked to that.

“But we won’t know the real answer until after the next couple of races.”

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