• Belgian Grand Prix - FP2

Track conditions would cause red flag - Hulkenberg

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Nico Hulkenberg said that the conditions at Spa on Friday were so bad that the standing water would have caused a race to be red flagged.

FP2 saw very few drivers venture out on to the circuit, and none set any form of competitive lap time other than when pulling up to carry out a practice start at the end of the session. Hulkenberg said it wasn't enjoyable driving in those conditions, and that even the full wet tyres could not deal with the standing water.

"It's tricky," Hulkenberg told ESPNF1. "Obviously the grip was very low and especially just before Eau Rouge there was so much water and a big puddle and a lot of aquaplaning, so it's not so comfortable to drive through Eau Rouge in those conditions. Overall also in Blanchimont there was too much water and the tyres couldn't cope with it. It was just too much standing water and at the end of the day it's unsafe to run and doesn't make sense to either."

When asked if the standing water would have caused a race to be red flagged Hulkenberg replied: "Yes."

Hulkenberg also said a big frustration was the lack of track time for pure driving pleasure, citing Spa as his favourite track.

"Yeah (it's frustrating). I mean, we want to be out driving on this circuit because I think for many of us this is our favourite track and it's a great feeling to drive here. To be sitting the whole day in the garage and just waiting for the rain to stop is pretty frustrating for us as well."

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