Nico Hulkenberg: Renault two steps behind after Monaco GP practice

Nico Hulkenberg says his Renault Formula 1 team is "two steps behind" following a Monaco Grand Prix practice in which he ignored his lap times as they were too "terrible"

Nico Hulkenberg: Renault two steps behind after Monaco GP practice

After being unable to complete any timed laps in the morning due to an electrical problem, Hulkenberg struggled with the handling of his car in the afternoon.

He finished down in 17th position, over two seconds off the pace, with balance and grip issues.

Hulkenberg admitted he was at a loss to explain why his car was handling so poorly.

"I don't know, I can't tell you at this moment. I'm scratching my head as well," he said.

"I'm a bit surprised with the car and a balance that I found and the grip in P2, which is very poor and far away from what I expected it to be.

"So we need to really investigate what's going on, because I'm sure something is not right.

"It felt really poor out there, not just that I'm struggling with the balance a lot and confidence in the car, but also the grip from the tyres what we get seems really odd and poor.

"It's far from ideal that we missed P1, because now we are like one step behind or two steps behind, because had we found that out in the morning we could have reacted already big time before P2, trying to fight it.

"We did not have that opportunity, so it's going to be difficult."

The Renault driver said he was struggling so much at the start of afternoon practice that he was ignoring his lap times.

"Straight from first run I felt like I'm not going anywhere. I wasn't even looking at my lap times initially, because I know they were terrible," said Hulkenberg.

"You feel it's just not there."

Renault's day was made worse by a Hulkenberg's team-mate Jolyon Palmer suffering an engine problem in practice two after just eight laps.

Palmer also felt there was something not working for Renault.

"I think we're not working the tyres very well, really," he said.

"We're missing something here. The balance isn't so bad but I think we're missing grip.

"We have a day to work out what's going wrong and I'm sure we can do something for Saturday."

shares
comments
Red Bull's Ricciardo eyes three-F1 team fight for Monaco GP pole
Previous article

Red Bull's Ricciardo eyes three-F1 team fight for Monaco GP pole

Next article

Jenson Button: Tricky to adapt to limits of new 2017 F1 cars

Jenson Button: Tricky to adapt to limits of new 2017 F1 cars
Load comments
How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series Plus

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Plus

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2021
How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes Plus

How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Dec 3, 2021
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Plus

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Plus

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains

Formula 1
Dec 1, 2021
Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated Plus

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated

Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next
 world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2021
The downside to F1's show and tell proposal Plus

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal

Technology lies at the heart of the F1 story and it fascinates fans, which is why the commercial rights holder plans to compel teams to show more of their ‘secrets’. STUART CODLING fears this will encourage techno-quackery…

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2021