Hulkenberg encouraged by Force India start

By on Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg says he is encouraged by Force India's 2014 season so far as the championship approaches its midway point in Germany.

Hulkenberg has scored points in every race this season and is currently in seventh place in the standings.

"I think it’s very positive in general," he said.

"I think it’s a very good achievement to have scored points in every race – probably Nico [Rosberg] and Lewis [Hamilton] would have been the same without the technical failures. I think it has been a very positive start to the season, first half, many, many points, much better than we expected going into the season and I think that is also the perception of the paddock.

"However, we’re only in the middle of the season and there’s still a long way to go before the end and our aim is to get the fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship. We have a big challenge on our hands there against Williams, McLaren and many others. I look forward to that."

Hulkenberg believes that his eighth place at Silverstone shows that Force India can battle for points even at events which do not suit the VJM07.

"I think Silverstone was overall a bit difficult for us," he said.

"The track didn’t suit us so well, plus the conditions made it even more difficult. Therefore, it was still a very good achievement to get points on the board there.

"In Austria we were a bit compromised by a few issues, which we found out after the race, otherwise that could have been better. So hopefully here we’ll be back to bigger points but it’s difficult to know. Obviously it’s very hot this weekend, so it will be interesting to see how the tyres behave and who will manage it the best."

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