Hulkenberg believes Sauber has more to come

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With Force India thriving in the midfield – Paul di Resta having just missing out on a podium in Bahrain and scoring in two other races – it might be worth asking whether Nico Hulkenberg was smart to leave one of the top midfield squads to head to another in Sauber.

Hulkenberg led laps and posted a best finish of eighth place in Malaysia, while in China he led again but later fell back to 10th after his tires and strategy fell off. He’s comfortable outpaced rookie teammate Esteban Gutierrez, but that hasn’t been much of a surprise.

Asked by Autosport whether he felt his move to Sauber has been a good one thus far, Hulkenberg said “It’s a good feeling to be leading a grand prix – it shows you must have done something right. It’s definitely a good sign.”

Hulkenberg added that the car has “potential,” and can easily be developed into a consistent points-scoring car.

Still, with Sauber having scored four podiums a year ago, largely in races where it did well with its tires, there’s still plenty more to extract, he said.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.