The start of the season was rocky for Renault, with reliability proving an issue once again. A double DNF in Bahrain when both Hülkenberg and teammate Daniel Ricciardo were well within the points were the peak of these issues, which caused Renault to tune down the engine to improve reliability.
In Canada, however, things were going well again for the French works team. Ricciardo and Hülkenberg finished sixth and seventh respectively and even beat the Red Bull of Pierre Gasly, leaving them in a rich vein of form as they travel to home soil.
"Hard work always pays off," said Hülkenberg reflecting on the Canadian Grand Prix.
"We’ve underachieved at previous races, sometimes through technical faults or human error, so I feel we’ve always had the potential for good results, but we haven’t scored points.
"Finally, we had a smooth and clean weekend to get points on the board. It’s hopefully a turning point in our season."
Looking ahead to the race in Paul Ricard, Hülkenberg is positive both him and the team can continue their upward trend at Paul Ricard.
"We have some upgrades for this race, I’m excited for those, and hopefully they will add performance to the car to help us close the gap to the front teams. We have a good package; the car is performing consistently and I’m feeling optimistic for Paul Ricard.