Nico Halkenberg got excited about his first day in the Racing Point RP20 race after his 11-hour call to drive the team this weekend.
He finished on Friday when he passed the sixth fast job when he returned from Germany yesterday to pick up Sergio Perez’s car.
“The last 24 hours have been a bit special,” Hulkenberg said. “Crazy and wild.
“At 4:30 pm I called and took the plane here. There was an adjustment to 2am last night. Then at 8 am this morning I got on the simulator for an hour, a little prepared for work, so it was a short night. But it’s all worth it.
“It was a great team, I want to thank the team and the guys from the night shift who did an amazing job of fitting me into the car and even quite comfortable, and the FIA for turning it so thick into grandeur. It was very special.”; .
A short session with the simulators gave Halkenberg the opportunity to learn the basics of RP20.
“I handled things pretty quickly. It was just a little used to the steering wheel and some features. We didn’t have a lot of time, because I also had to take a test. “
Gulkenberg has not driven an F1 since December last year, and he admitted that he felt tension in his body after the first day of work in the RP20.
“We have received a program in many circles that I feel. I was really thrown into cold water here. I think my body will feel it tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. This is obviously a huge problem, but I’m not ashamed of it. “
“It’s hard for the G forces to train because they are so unique and so special,” he added. “Even though I’m in decent shape, these G-forces, especially here, are one of the fastest speed lanes. And 35 degrees, I’m also choosing the hottest day in the UK so far. I’m all the best.”
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He said the car felt “completely different” to the Renault he was driving last year. “I tried to do it step by step today, fast with the car, to understand it,” he said.
“It just takes time to breathe, to understand, to know how to travel and learn. Obviously, there is more time today today to focus on learning. All I can say is pretty fast today. “
After finishing his first day of training six-tenths of a second behind teammate and rhythm scientist Lance Stroll, Hulkenberg says he can get more out of it tomorrow.
“You see huge potential,” he said. “The car is massively fast.
“I haven’t used the top tire so well, I think I have a little more bag and I need to use this tire better. But that’s what we’re going to work on, obviously, overnight and trying to get the best out of the car into these weekend “.
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