Nico Hulkenberg deals with the positives he took out from today's practices at Silverstone, giving his thoughts and impression on the re-surfaced tarmac which, unlike Barcelona, has not produced many changes in his features.
"It was OK overall, there is a modest good feeling on this track but there is always room for improvement tomorrow. We still have homework to do, the long run is consistent."
"I enjoy this track a lot with high speed corners, the changes of direction, it's amazing. Today I wasn't brave enough to keep my DRS open at Turn 1, that obviously depends on the tyres you are using as well. I saw that the Red Bulls went full throttle and had the DRS open."
Renault was among the few teams who had time to test out the Hard Pirelli tyre, whose characteristics do not coincide with the approach and the tyre selections the Italian-Chinese manufacturer has leaned towards lately. "I tried the Hard compound, I think it's a decent race tyre. Obviously I haven't tried for longer than a flying lap, it doesn't have to grip in the pace as the Soft but it's alright."
With the tarmac being re-surfaced, Pirelli agreed to bring a special reduced-treaded tyre spec. Moreover, the revamping of the surface completely twisted the texture of the tarmac in Barcelona but surprisingly, it did not happen here in Great Britain. "The track has changed, tyre temps tend to get pretty high. There is a new surface but it's still very, very bumpy, different from Barcelona so it was not as we expected."
Regarding his own target for qualifying, the German declared: "I think the top 10 is possible tomorrow, Grosjean has ramped up his pace, also Fernando seemed very quick. Sometimes it's not the most strategic thing to do (to try and get through) but we will see tomorrow."