NICO Hulkenberg is hoping for a strong points haul in front of his home fans at Hockenheim.

The 31-year-old, who drives for Enstone-based Renault, heads into Sunday’s German Formula 1 Grand Prix off the back of three top-ten finishes in his last four races.

Hulkenberg, who came fifth at the circuit last season, is hoping for more of the same in the Rhine valley.

He said: “It’s very special racing in your home country.

“It’s always motivating to do well in front of your home fans as you know they are wanting you to have a strong result.

“We had a really good race in Germany last year, so we’ll be targeting the same again.”

The Banbury-prepared Haas team have not scored a point in the last four races.

But they head to Germany with several updates and Kevin Magnussen is hoping to see some progress.

He said: “We’re still looking to experiment and learn as much as possible with the issues we’re having.

“Hopefully, the upgrades we bring to Hockenheim will give us not only more answers, but also more performance.”

Grove-based Williams, who are the only team yet to score a point in 2019, also have updates for Hockenheim.

George Russell said: “We have some test items which should hopefully give us a good indication of the direction we need to head in for the remainder of the year.”