Hulkenberg eyeing points in Melbourne

By on Friday, March 7, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg says that Force India should be in the hunt for points at next weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg has yet to complete a single racing lap in three attempts in Australia but reckons Force India is in a strong position to profit early on in the year.

"The car has come a long way since Jerez," he said.

"We made steps at each test and I think we made very good use of the time we had available. We signed off a lot of things during testing and I don’t think we’re in bad shape. There is always more you can do, but we’re pretty well prepared.

"Testing only tells you so much, but I think we still have some performance in our pocket. I just hope we are competitive and can race for good points."

Hulkenberg says he feels comfortable at Force India, having moved across from midfield rivals Sauber.

"I feel comfortable, but I think this feeling will grow stronger during the season," he said.

"The cars are different compared to last year: the corner speeds are lower because there is less downforce and the engine behaviour is quite different. So it’s a new challenge and it’s difficult to tell just from testing how it will feel during a race weekend."


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