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Hulkenberg proud of 'one of the best races' of career

ESPN Staff
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Nico Hulkenberg was impressive in the face of heavy pressure © Sutton Images
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Nico Hulkenberg said he "drove one of the best races in my career" to take fourth place in the Korean Grand Prix.

Having started from seventh place, Hulkenberg made a good start to climb up to fifth and then passed Lewis Hamilton at the restart after a safety car period to equal the best result of his Formula One career so far. Having withstood heavy pressure from Hamilton and Fernando Alonso for almost the whole race, Hulkenberg said it was one of his greatest drives.

"It was almost the perfect race for us, we put everything together and we grabbed the opportunities," Hulkenberg said. "Today I drove one of the best races in my career so far. I have had cars in the mirrors before, but today there were a lot and it was a bit annoying. Lewis really put the pressure on at the end, especially in the last sector. I knew I needed to get out of turn one well. The car's traction was very good today, so that kept me alive against Fernando and then Lewis later on. We were also very fast on the straight."

Hulkenberg was also full of praise for his Sauber team for the way it made the most of the chances which opened up during the race.

"I'm proud of myself, the team, the boys; everybody did a fantastic job this weekend. It was really a great team effort, even yesterday with both cars in the top ten which was a great success and obviously today was very unexpected again. I think we outperformed quite a few cars that should have been in front and probably punched above our weight but when the opportunity is there you have to grab it and I think that's what we did today."