Nico Hulkenberg has expressed relief after ending his recent run of incidents at the Mexican Grand Prix and bringing home welcome points.
Having crashed out of three of the previous four races, the German steered well clear of trouble at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to finish seventh overall, one place ahead of teammate Sergio Perez.
And although he concedes that his team’s hopes of overhauling Red Bull are now all but over, Hulkenberg reckons keeping hold of fifth place in the constructors’ championship would be a great thing to take in to the winter.
“It feels very good after the last couple of races when frustration has been quite big,” said Hulkenberg about seeing the chequered flag again. “It's quite nice to be seventh and have a smooth race.
“Looking ahead, Red Bull will be too far away from us. We just have to keep plugging away getting results and races like this.
“I think it would be great if we could have two races with two cars finishing in the points, and take that fifth constructors' championship position and go into the winter break.”