Hulkenberg sets “highlight” – vettel’s suffering continues

Hulkenberg sets 'highlight' - vettel's suffering continues

His sensational drive at silverstone baffled nico hulkenberg himself.

"I’m a bit surprised, but have a big smile on my face," commented the furious formula 1 representative driver at racing point on his brilliant third place in qualifying behind the mercedes duo of valtteri bottas and lewis hamilton. "This was a highlight, but it is not the time to rejoice too early."

When hulkenberg was shining at the jubilee weekend, sebastian vettel gave the longest frustration interviews. The four-time world champion missed out on the top ten for the second time in his farewell season at ferrari, qualifying only twelfth for the grand prix of england.

A subsequent penalty against renault’s esteban ocon moves him up a place, however. "No matter what i try, i don’t make any significant progress," vettel bitterly told sky. "That was all i had to give. That was all that was in the car."

Even hulkenberg’s car has so much more in it. The substitute for the mexican sergio perez, who had contracted the coronavirus, was now even allowed to aim for the first podium finish of his career – after 177 unsuccessful attempts. "This week i felt a lot better, but i also have a lot of respect for tomorrow," said hulkenberg, who last finished third in qualifying in austria in 2016 and was unable to start last sunday because of clutch damage. "Nico’s last lap was really special," praised racing point team boss otmar szafnauer.

The pole this time was not taken by lewis hamilton, but by his mercedes teammate valtteri bottas. The finn was just 63 thousandths of a second faster than the english world championship leader and will start from the very front in the event on sunday (15.10 o’clock/RTL and sky), which reminds of 70 years of grand-prix history. "Valtteri did a great job, it wasn’t the perfect last round from my side," hamilton said.

Vettel was simply disillusioned. "I’m satisfied with what i got out of the car, that’s all i have left," commented the 33-year-old. Vettel had hoped to make progress with his storied ferrari a week after the first grand prix in england – there was no sign of it in the grid chase. In order to get to the second round at all.O.-to make it through the second round, the board decided to equip the car of the four-time world champion from hesse with the very softest and fastest tire compound. Still not enough for the top ten. Vettel was 0.193 seconds away from advancing.

He had already dragged himself through the training. The previous summit was the second unit, when an engine failure slowed him down. Ferrari would then also like to replace the drive unit of scuderia stable rival charles leclerc as a precautionary measure. "I think I’ve been at it long enough and have tried a lot, but in the two weeks up to now we haven’t come up with anything," vettel said in a disappointed interview with RTL.

In the world championship standings, hamilton (88 points) is ahead of bottas (58) and is heading unswervingly for his seventh world championship title. This put the 35-year-old on a par with record champion michael schumacher. Vettel is 13th in the drivers’ standings. – with 78 payers less than hamilton.

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