Having finished the triple header on a high, Nico Hulkenberg was keen to carry that momentum into his home Grand Prix in Germany. But it was a tricky start to the weekend for his Renault team, with the local hero admitting tyre-blistering issues made for a 'difficult' day of running on Friday...
In what has been a closely-fought battle for fourth spot in the constructors’ standings this season, Hulkenberg’s sixth place at the British Grand Prix last time out meant his team left Silverstone as ‘best of the rest’ behind Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.
The French team will have an eye on repeating those exploits in Hockenheim but Hulkenberg was seemingly left frustrated after flat-spotting his tyres in the second practice session on Friday, which ultimately hindered the running he was able to get under his belt.
“We had a difficult afternoon with quite a lot of problems which compromised a little bit of the day and the competiveness of the car,” he said. “So we have some digging to do.
“Obviously we collected some data, but not as much as we wanted. So not entirely happy with this afternoon. The Saubers and Haas were fast again. They are going to be the main competition tomorrow.
“What do I make of running? It was ok. The afternoon was not ideal for me. We lost a bit of running because of problems, and generally the session was not the cleanest of sessions.
"I picked up a flat spot on the soft compounds so that tyre set was out of the allocation. I had to survive on the ultrasofts which was successful. If it was good or not, I think that’s to be seen.