Hulkenberg looking to complete first racing lap in Australia
The German driver has failed to make it past the first lap in three attempts. He was hit by Kamui Kobayashi at turn six in 2010, collided with Mark Webber and Jean-Eric Vergne in 2012 and failed to start last year’s race due to a fuel system problem.
“It’s been three races in Melbourne and I’ve still not completed a racing lap,” Hulkenberg said. “They say bad luck comes in groups of three so hopefully attempt number four will work out better.”
The 26-year-old was pretty satisfied with the work completed during winter testing and feels comfortable with the new VJM07. “The car has come a long way since Jerez,” he said. “We made steps at each test and I think we made very good use of the time we had available. We signed off a lot of things during testing and I don’t think we’re in bad shape. There is always more you can do, but we’re pretty well prepared.”
He feels it is difficult to predict what will happen in Melbourne, adding: “Testing only tells you so much, but I think we still have some performance in our pocket. I just hope we are competitive and can race for good points.”
Team-mate Sergio Perez feels the Silverstone-based outfit is well prepared ahead of the new season and is in a strong position. “It’s always a good feeling to start with a new team,” he added. “I had a full winter to get to know everyone and I’m feeling ready now. The team is very hungry and I hope we can achieve some great things this year.”
Image courtesy of Octane Photographic
Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.