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GP Week : Issue 165
31 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SPA 31 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Carlos Slim Jr. Nico Hulkenberg scored his best ever F1 race finish after a storming drive to fourth place, cruelly within touching distance of the podium. After qualifying just outside the top ten on Saturday the German rocketed to third on the first lap, before losing just one place during the race to take the chequered flag in fourth. Like many of the midfield runners, Hulkenberg took full advantage of the first-corner pile-up, and was even able to overtake Lotus’s Nico Hulkenberg during the first stint. He was unable to keep the Finn behind once he switched to the faster hard tyres, but despite matching his pace in the final stint he was unable to launch any significant challenge for the podium. “I’m delighted with the result today – my best finish in Formula One,” began Nico. “The start was eventful, but fortunately I avoided all the debris and was able to take advantage of the situation. I was up a high as second and for a while I was even thinking we could finish on the podium. “But the race was tough; I had some great fights with Kimi and Michael, and I was always on the limit. For us it was clear that we had to stop twice and we made the strategy work. So I’ve got a big smile on my face today because it’s just the result we needed for our fight in the championship.” The result leapfrogs Nico ahead of team-mate Paul di Resta in the drivers’ championship, with the pair now on 31 and 28 points respectively. Hulkenberg’s points also promote Force India in the constructors’ championship to seventh place ahead of Williams. HULKENBERG SCORES BEST F1 FINISH IN FOURTH F1 >>> BUDAPEST