Hulkenberg: Regulations provide an opportunity

By on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg says that Formula 1's new regulations could provide the opportunity for a midfield team to surprise - but warned that it might not be in a positive manner.

Hulkenberg returns to Force India this season after a year racing for Sauber and believes that the new regulations - which include the introduction of 'power units' - could aid, or hinder, a midfield outfit.

"I think it could be an opportunity, but it works in both directions, because the regulations are really so different," he said.

"A lot has changed, especially on the engine side, so from that point of view it's impossible to predict anything. I'm sure there's an opportunity to do something special, but there's also an opportunity to make a mistake and to go the wrong way. We won't know until after the first couple of races."

Force India became the first team to unveil an image of their 2014 challenger on Wednesday and Hulkenberg believes that his previous stint with the team will make the transition from Sauber easier.

"It should make all the normal processes you go through on a race weekend easier, because I know most of the people."

"I have the same race engineer and lots of the same mechanics, so that's going to help. It will make the transition and bedding-in time shorter."

"There are a few new faces, but I'm already working with them, so I'll get used to that quite quickly. The core bunch of people is still pretty much the same."

The German described the new rules as 'exciting' but reckons it is not possible to determine who will come out on top.

“It's exciting times, but there's not so much I can say at the moment – I think everybody is a bit in the dark in terms of how the car is going to behave, what it's going to be like, and also the driving sensation for us in the car."

"There are quite a few question marks still there and I think we can't really give you all the answers until we've been out on the track running."

"I think you need to be able to adjust to the required circumstances and adjust your driving style. It's not easy and it will be a big challenge for everyone involved. The drivers have to deal with fuel management and everything else as well, but I think that’s exciting. Going into the season I've never been in a situation like this in Formula One where we know so little about what to expect and what's coming."

The first test begins at Jerez next Tuesday.

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