Hulkenberg encouraged by Force India debut

By on Friday, February 27, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg says he is encouraged by Force India's new VJM08 after he was able to rack up the miles as he gave the car its public debut during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Hulkenberg managed to complete 77 laps at the Spanish venue on Friday and posted a best time of 1:28.412.

"It was a very good day, at least in terms of the running we managed to do," he said.

"We were able to run reliably straight out of the box and that is very encouraging. The boys and girls at the factory and here at the track have been pushing really hard in the last couple of weeks and to do 77 laps in little more than one afternoon is a remarkable job by the team.

"Obviously we still have a big task ahead of us and we are playing catch-up in certain aspects, but I am quite satisfied so far. The car feels pretty good, although making a direct comparison with our 2014 car is not easy as the conditions in winter testing are always very particular.

"One of our team's strengths is to learn about the car quickly, so we will need to get as much data as possible to get in a good position for Melbourne."

Hulkenberg will continue to test the VJM08 on Saturday, with Sergio Perez set to drive on Sunday.

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