Hulkenberg targets points after 'entertaining' session

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg says he is targeting a points finish after qualifying in seventh place for the Australian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg has yet to complete a racing lap in three attempts in Australia but feels he has a good car with which to amend that statistic.

"The first qualifying session of the new season and we finished P7, which is good news. Everything went well today and it was an entertaining session, which I really enjoyed," he said.

"It was the first time I’ve driven the new car in the wet, but right away I felt comfortable and confident with a nice balance on the intermediates and the wets. There was a good harmony between me and the car, and the team did a great job helping me manage the traffic.

"Looking ahead to tomorrow, it really is a step into the unknown for everyone. I think we are well prepared and I’m really looking forward to the race where points will be our target."

Team-mate Sergio Perez was eliminated in Q2 after an off-track excursion and will start from 16th place.

"It was not an easy session, especially Q2, and unfortunately we didn’t manage to get a good lap in the wet conditions," he said.

"It was hard to find clear space with the traffic and I had to pit for new tyres when the track was probably at its best. When I left the pits for my final attempt I locked the rear tyres going into turn three, lost control and could not recover."

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