“Vettel could have taken it easy.”
Column Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg talks in his SPORT1 column about the start chaos of Singapore, his frustration and the title fight between Hamilton and Vettel.
Dear Formula One fans,
I have to admit: after the race in Singapore I was frustrated.Retired.Once again.It all started well for me: I got along very well with the special conditions in Singapore.Due to the crash at the start I did some good places and got into the rhythm.
Everything went according to plan: We were competitive and on a secure fourth place.But then we had to shut down the car because of an oil leak in the engine.We had no choice but to pull the plug to protect the motor.If we had lost him too, we’d have gotten a fine.
So it was once again a loss in a position in which no one would have suspected us before the race.However, Formula 1 is a team sport determined by technology.That makes him so hard, but at the same time so special.I have the greatest respect for each and every individual who puts all his or her expertise and heart and soul into our team.These people have enabled us at Renault to develop so quickly and so well in recent months.What counts is the willingness to take a step forward.Even after a bitter end.
Of course, every professional wants to drive as often as possible and as far forward as possible.But our sport is not easy to break down into talent, driving ability and dedication.That’s why I don’t deal with negative records.I am currently interested in discussing the things that I can influence directly.For example, how we can get our potential even better on the road – and across the finish line.
A much discussed topic is certainly the start-crash between Max Verstappen, Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel.I sometimes had the best place to watch this spectacle at the start and in the first corner.Whoever bears the blame cannot be said.It’s just part of the racing.
Max can’t see Kimi coming, Sebastian can’t see Kimi either.Sebastian pulls over neatly, might have been able to do it more easily – but that’s how motorsport is!Such races are part of our business and we have to be able to deal with them.
Even though Sebastian did not score any points in Singapore and Lewis is divided to 28 points by his victory, nothing has been decided in the title fight.If Lewis breaks down and Sebastian reaches the podium, everything is open again.We still have six great Grand Prix’s ahead of us, so we can’t talk about a decision yet.
It remains exciting!
See you soon! Your Nico Hülkenberg
Nico Hülkenberg has been driving for the French factory team Renault since this season.In his SPORT1 column he reports since the beginning of the year after every race of the top class.