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Nico Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg reveals fears midway through Singapore GP

The Haas driver had problems midway through the race which nearly resulted in a retirement.

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Nico Hulkenberg has revealed that he suffered from brake issues during the Singapore Grand Prix, which nearly resulted in a retirement.

The Haas driver managed to qualify inside the top ten but lost positions due to a poorly timed Safety Car, forcing the team to stop twice at the end of the race.

"We had to double stop, which was unfortunate. When the whole field is bunched up and the Safety Car comes out," Hulkenberg explained to media, including RacingNews365.

"I lost a couple of positions and that put me put me behind, then I lost a lot of ground."

Midway through the race he experienced problems with the brakes, which made things harder as he struggled to get back into the points-paying positions.

"Towards the middle of the race, I felt the brake performance was was degrading and the brakes didn't work so well anymore," he explained.

"This makes life harder around the street circuit and confidence, so that added some difficulty."

Hulkenberg was still happy with his race, but expects it to be a tougher challenge for Haas at the upcoming race in Suzuka.

"Personally, I'm very happy to have a really strong race, but unfortunately nothing came from it with how things fell and how the strategy worked out," he added.

"I think this track really suited us and helped us a lot in that respect. I expect a different picture next week."

Hulkenberg backs Singapore changes

The Haas driver has backed the current changes to the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which featured a straight between Turns 16 and 17 instead of the usual run under the grandstands between Turns 16 and 20.

"Overtaking is still difficult, but I think there was some stuff going on," said Hulkenberg.

"Probably going to debate again about DRS for the last straight, but I think it was better a better flow to it and a better rhythm than the alternative."

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