Hulkenberg confident Renault can sustain its momentum in France

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Nico Hulkenberg believes Renault can pick up at Paul Ricard where it left off in Canada if it can put together another clean weekend.

A double points finish for the French outfit in Montreal, where Daniel Ricciardo and Hulkenberg came home respectively sixth and seventh, went a long towards improving its fortunes and spirits after a difficult start to its 2019 campaign.

Reliability and technical issues coupled with mishaps had left Renault far from its pre-season expectations which called for the team to run comfortably at the front of F1โ€™s mid-field.

But crews at Enstone and Viry-Chรขtillon have put in the hours to correct Renaultโ€™s trajectory and set itself back on its original course, staring in Canada.

โ€œHard work always pays off,โ€ said the Hulk. โ€œIt was good to see such a strong team effort and a solid result at the end.

โ€œWeโ€™ve underachieved at previous races, sometimes through technical faults or human error, so I feel weโ€™ve always had the potential for good results, but we havenโ€™t scored points.

โ€œFinally, we had a smooth and clean weekend to get points on the board. Itโ€™s hopefully a turning point in our season.โ€

With an upgraded R.S.19 and an engine now running at full capacity once again, Hulkenberg is confident Renault can uphold I France this week the strong form it showed last time out in Canada.

โ€œWe have some upgrades for this race, Iโ€™m excited for those, and hopefully they will add performance to the car to help us close the gap to the front teams.

โ€œWe have a good package; the car is performing consistently and Iโ€™m feeling optimistic for Paul Ricard.

โ€œI feel the car always had this potential, but just human error, technical error, often we started really far at the back โ€“ and on circuits where you can't overtake, so it was difficult to recover.

โ€œIt is rewarding and satisfying to finally put the car where it belongs and take these points.โ€

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