Nico Hulkenberg today scored the first point of his Formula One career with tenth place in this afternoon's Malaysian Grand Prix. Despite losing track position at the start and having to pit early for a new steering wheel, Nico proceeded to drive a race which culminated in P10. Rubens
Barrichello finished in P12 after an issue at the start left him to fight from the back of the field.
We picked up a point today, maybe because our car was more reliable, but that's racing. It was a tough race because we just don't have the pace at the moment. I wish we could do better, but we have some work to do to catch up.Rubens Barrichello
I don't know what happened at the start, I'll go through that with the team. From there I went to the back of the field. We tried a different strategy to get us back up, but our car was just not competitive. We lost a nice opportunity today.
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
We had a difficult race this afternoon from which we've come away with one point. Both drivers struggled with the start; Rubens didn't get enough drive and Nico had excessive wheel spin. We chose to pit Rubens early and put him on the harder tyre as he was being held up in traffic.
Nico also had to pit early as we had an electrical problem on his steering wheel which was preventing us from changing the engine mixture. Our focus remains on improving our pace and starts.