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Nico Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg 'hungry for more' despite Haas struggles

Hulkenberg was stellar in his first season back from a three-year sabbatical from F1, yet despite his own personal performances, struggles with the Haas VF-23 often left the German on the back foot.

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Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg has insisted he remains "hungry" for F1 success after a difficult first season back in the sport.

The German had spent three years on the sidelines fulfilling reserve roles before being drafted by the American-owned outfit to replace Mick Schumacher.

Despite displaying impressive pace in comparison to teammate Kevin Magnussen - including a stunning qualifying performance in Canada before a penalty dropped him from second to fourth on the grid - Haas' VF-23 struggled with rear tyre degradation throughout the season and often left Hulkenberg powerless to defend on race days.

Addressing his season highs, Hulkenberg told media including RacingNews365.com: "I feel there were a couple of really strong drives [at the end of the season], but they were P12, P13, so they don't grab the headlines.

"But I know that I maximised the potential of what we had and that's important for me to know and feel that."

Hungry for more

On his motivation, Hulkenberg added: "I still have one of the best jobs in the world, even though the Sundays aren't great, I still get a lot of joy out of it - probably more than ever before and I already look forward to next year.

"I love the grind and I love the competition and hungry for more still."

Whilst the difficulties with the car shone through across the season, Hulkenberg felt two occasions underlined the handicap he and Magnussen were dealt with more than others.

"Car-wise and the way it felt and where we struggled the most, probably Brazil and Monza," he explained.

"Those two were a standout for how difficult it was and how far away we were also."

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