Nico Hulkenberg (P12): 7/10
This was another weekend when Renault appeared to have slightly lost their way. Given that the factory team's engine put both McLarens into the top ten in qualifying, it was disappointing just how much slower Nico Hulkenberg and his team mate were on Saturday after having had a generally promising time in Friday practice. Hulkenberg did at least make it through to the second round of qualifying, unlike Daniel Ricciardo who fell at the first hurdle. Just missing out on Q2, he will have been satisfied with 11th place on the grid. It also gave him a free choice of of the medium compound when it came to tyres, unlike the cars immediately ahead of him obliged to start on softs. Unfortunately Hulkenberg's race was compromised almost immediately when the R.S.19's engine went into safe mode, effectively robbing him of three tenths of a second in pace on every lap. With the tyre strategy also not delivering the sort of advantage that the team had been hoping for, Hulkenberg's race simply ended up fizzling out and it's not really possible to give the German a fair rating or judge what he might have been able to do in different circumstances, so our final score rather represents our own 'safe mode' adjudication.