Nico Hulkenberg admits that the Jeddah Corniche Circuit is impossible to compare with other tracks he was at.

Hulkenberg is behind the wheel of Aston Martin’s AMR22 car for a second week in a row, replacing Sebastian Vettel. While the track in Bahrain was a familiar place to him, the Jeddah Corniche Circuit is a new venue for the German.

Hulkenberg revealed that he had to learn a lot of new things, despite working on the simulator prior to the race weekend.

“More preparation, more time. But this track is something else, it’s nothing to compare with the tracks that I’ve raced,” he said.

“It’s so high-speed, for a street circuit, it’s pretty mind-blowing, very demanding, very challenging, therefore.

“It was difficult this weekend to find the good confidence, to find the rhythm. And that continued in quali. There was more in it, I had a couple of tenths in me. But unfortunately, I didn’t manage to string it together.

“Obviously the seating position and everything is a little bit more known, it’s not that new anymore. But coming here on this track, despite doing simulator running, it still feels pretty new and fresh.

“It’s nothing to compare, honestly. Because in a simulator, you don’t get this the speed sensation, you don’t get the forces on your body. It’s just not the same.

“Also in the simulator if you run offline, there’s no dust, there’s no low grip. So it’s a very different sensation. And in reality, it’s pretty intense.

“I mean, the race is going to be incredible. Probably the hardest race of my career is coming up, physically, but also just super demanding. So I want to get through it and help the team as much as I can.”

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