Hulkenberg: Force India can be confident

By on Thursday, March 13, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg says that Force India can be confident ahead of this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg has re-joined Force India after spending a year with Sauber and reckons that his team enjoyed a smooth winter period.

"I'm not nervous, quite relaxed in general. I think we can be fairly confident, winter testing has gone fairly smoothly for us compared to other teams," he said.

"From that point of view we are as well prepared as we can.

"It's still going to be a big challenge this weekend and it can hold a lot of surprises. We can talk a lot about that in theory, but we just have to get going, start the season and see what happens."

"I didn't get one proper go on a one-lap attempt, but I think the car felt fairly okay for that and also in terms of balance. I think there is no big issue, but there are some fast cars out there and where we fit in I'm not quite sure."

Hulkenberg was nonetheless cautious over the team's race prospects.

"It's hard to say. Winter testing was pretty solid, especially the second Bahrain test, we were pretty strong from that point of view. That doesn't mean we are immune to it and nothing will happen in the next couple of days."


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