Hulkenberg heading into three months of ‘hardcore preparation’
Nico Hulkenberg says his first take a look at day with Haas this week confirmed him he wants three months of “hardcore preparation” forward of 2023.
The German was named as Mick Schumacher’s substitute for subsequent season final week and received his first style of the present Haas automobile in the course of the post-season take a look at in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. After finishing 110 laps, Hulkenberg admitted he was beginning to really feel the bodily calls for after three years away from common competitors and is aware of he has work to do forward of his full-time return.
“It’s not simply the neck, it’s the physique, too – the glutes must work quite a bit,” Hulkenberg mentioned. “It was exhausting, robust, was feeling some human degradation in the direction of the top of the day, however that was to be anticipated. I coped higher than I anticipated to be sincere, in order that’s good. Three months of hardcore preparation now.
“It’s clearly good, it does remind you and present you the depth these vehicles have, you then add the race and the competitors it’s one other story once more. I’ve a plan and I do know what I’ve to do.”
From a group integration standpoint, Hulkenberg mentioned the possibility to spend a full day getting used to the group’s procedures and his consolation within the automobile was additionally a useful expertise.
“It’s plenty of the fundamentals you can kind out or determine and attempt to repair for subsequent yr, which simply saves time that when you get going you possibly can concentrate on the efficiency,” he mentioned.
“It’s not about lap time. The fundamentals, the consolation that occurs, however the vital stuff is efficiency, stuff you determine (that’s good), the place can we do higher, how can we go quicker, pinpoint that and work with the engineers to search out methods and options on that. Clearly subsequent yr it’s a brand new automobile so the playing cards will likely be shuffled once more a bit, so we’ll see what we get as soon as we get working.”