Nico Hulkenberg drives during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

drives during the Japanese Grand Prix at Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Hulkenberg put in another storming drive for Sauber in Japan, running fourth for much of the race before dropping to sixth after and Kimi Raikkonen passed him in the closing laps.

Hulkenberg, who has now finished fifth, ninth, fourth and sixth in the last four races, said he wasn’t too upset to lose places so close to the flag.

“We shouldn’t be too disappointed,” he said. “I think we did everything we could, and my tires were just giving up a little bit. We were fighting obviously all through the race. Just after the stop I was surprised that I was able to pull away a bit from Fernando, but he was also trying to save his tires a bit for the end.

“Already going to the grid I said to my engineer the car feels very good today for some reason. Normally my feeling is not as good. So I was confident and hopeful for the race. It was a bit of a surprise again that we were so competitive for a long distance of the race, and then kept both Ferraris behind me for a long, long time. Even if it was not enough in the end, it was good.”

Hulkenberg has high hopes for India: “Very confident. It’s another track which should be OK. I think in the end we should be able to fight for points.”