Hulkenberg fears Force India struggle

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg admits he is facing a tough challenge as he will start from 17th place on the grid at Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg qualified in 12th position but will drop five places due to a gearbox change.

The German believes that the nature of the Sochi Autodrom will present a difficult proposition for Force India.

"It’s a very long and challenging lap here, and it's not so easy to put a good lap together," he said.

"I think we got pretty much what we could from the car because getting the most from the tyres today was a big challenge. If you pushed more initially, you paid the price at the end of the lap, so the secret was to find a balance across the whole lap.

"Having the five-place grid penalty tomorrow will be quite costly on this track because I think it’s going to be difficult to overtake – it’s only really possible down the two main straights.

"Hopefully I can make a clean start and use our race pace to score some points, but there is not that much you can do with the strategy because the tyre degradation is very low.

"We expect this race to be very demanding on fuel consumption so maybe that will open up some opportunities."

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