Hulkenberg expected more fight from Force India's rivals

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Nico Hulkenberg says that he expected Force India to face a greater challenge from their rivals during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg was comfortably inside the top six throughout the race at Sepang and finished the race in fifth place.

"I was expecting McLaren and Williams to be all over us but that wasn’t the case," he told BBC Sport. "We were pretty strong out there, which is encouraging.

"[The race was] quite unspectacular, I was lonely for many parts of the race but I was relieved and happy at that. After the start I had a gap behind me and it was easier to manage tyres and fuel."

Hulkenber joked that he was unable to prevent Fernando Alonso from overtaking him, as the Spaniard was on a three stop strategy compared to Hulkenberg's two.

"Alonso was eating me alive! I was trying but there was no way to hold him up. The car wasn’t as comfortable on the medium tyre either."

Hulkenberg is hoping that Force India will keep up their performance in Bahrain next weekend.

"I think Bahrain is a different ball game. Lots of stop and go and short corners, we’ve done a lot of testing there but the race is at a different time of day now."

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