2014 a “unique situation” for everyone – Hulkenberg
The German driver returns to Force India after one season at rivals Sauber. He believes the rule changes, which include a switch to 1.6 litre V6 Turbo engines, make it almost impossible to predicting a pecking order for the up-coming campaign.
“At the moment, nobody knows how this season and the new cars are going to be,” he told the team’s official website. “There are a lot of questions which we can’t really answer until we have been on the track, running – not even the first race will be the absolute truth teller. There will be a lot of data we need to look at and analyse, work with it to go forward.
“Never before there has been a situation like this, when with just a couple of weeks before the first test nobody has any idea of where everyone is. It’s a pretty unique situation for everyone. It’s a challenge, an opportunity to do something special, but on the other hand it opens up the opportunity to do mistakes, so we will need to do our work well.”
He will be hoping that Force India, who he joined in 2011 as their reserve driver before being promoted to a race seat for 2012, do the former. Sergio Perez will partner the 26-year-old. “It will be really interesting to work with Checo,” he said.
“We both have four years’ worth of experience in Formula One, so you can say we are at a similar stage in our careers. Of course, we will both try to be in front of each other, but that’s normal when you are in these circumstances. We thrive in a competitive environment and this is what we will have here.”
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.