Nico Hulkenberg satisfied to continue points streak

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Nico Hulkenberg came away from his home grand prix feeling satisfied despite struggling to trouble the front-runners at Hockenheim on Sunday.

The German driver finished the race in seventh place, and extended his record of scoring points in every grand prix so far this season. Only Fernando Alonso can boast a similar record.

However, he struggled to get to grips with the conditions as the baking hot weather from the previous two days was replaced by overcast skies and the threat of rain.

“It was a difficult race and different to what we expected, mainly due to the lower temperatures with the track being twenty degrees cooler than on Friday,” Hulkenberg said.

“We were expecting a lot of rear degradation, but after a couple of laps it became clear the fronts were the limiting tires, and that changed the game. It was a pretty challenging afternoon and, considering how the car felt, I think we got the maximum from the race.”

Hulkenberg has certainly enjoyed a good first half to the 2014 season, and with speculation linking him to a seat with Ferrari in the near future, performances like this will only help to raise his stock.

Force India teammate Sergio Perez finished the race in tenth place, picking up the final point on offer at Hockenheim.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.