“It’s like he never left”

Hulkenberg last drove for the former Force India team in 2016, prior to a three-year stint at Renault. His familiarity with the Silverstone outfit meant that he was quickly able to get up to speed with the car’s systems and the team’s way of working.

However he failed to progress from Q2 and will start the race from 13th place, seven spots behind team mate Lance Stroll.

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Green said Hulkenberg adapted quickly, despite having limited time on Thursday evening and Friday morning to learn the latest version of the steering wheel.

“We’re not aware of the procedures that went on at Renault, but he’s got a good memory,” said Green. “And I think a lot of the procedures that he was used to when he was driving for us for quite a few seasons haven’t really changed. They might have evolved a bit, but the general principles behind them are all very similar.

“So he did slip into it incredibly seamlessly. It was like he’d never left. Which is the reason why we wanted him in the car in the first place. It’s such short notice we wanted someone who we knew we could get the maximum out of in a very short space of time. So in that respect, it wasn’t that arduous for him. I think the switch was relatively simple.”

Inevitably a lack of race fitness means that Hulkenberg has had some neck issues.

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