Cyril Abiteboul hails ‘outstanding’ race from Nico Hulkenberg
Renault's Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul has hailed the efforts of Nico Hulkenberg, who secured a sixth-place finish at the British Grand Prix.
Hulkenberg started from outside the top 10 on the grid but surged up the order courtesy of a strong lap, and fended off Sauber's Charles Leclerc during the first stint of the race.
Hulkenberg preserved seventh, which became sixth when Red Bull's Max Verstappen suffered a brake-by-wire failure during the latter stages.
Abiteboul said: “On a track we knew would be challenging for us, we managed to outscore our direct competitors' thanks to an excellent start, good strategy, well-executed stops and an outstanding drive from Nico.
"It’s a great reward, almost a relief after we were on the back foot following our difficult qualifying."
Hulkenberg ran a Medium/Hard strategy and reckoned sixth was the maximum achievable, as Renault moved 19 points clear of Haas in the battle for fourth in the Constructors' Championship.
"I’m very happy, that was positive," added Hulkenberg. "I think it was the maximum result we could ask for . We had a good start, then a solid first lap straight up to P6.
"There was obviously some chaos going on in Turns 2 and 3, where I managed to sneak through and pick up some places. After that, it was a case of managing the tyres and the race.
"We’d elected to go on the Hard tyre, which was maybe a bit slower on pace, but we wanted to go for the one stop.
"A strong race all in all, especially with picking up another position at the end when the Red Bull spun. I’m happy. Eight points for the team is a good day."