Hulkenberg welcomes “positive” season start for Force India

Hulkenberg welcomes “positive” season start for Force India

hulkA potent result at the opening race of the F1 calendar has left Nico Hulkenberg invigorated for a strong year with Force India for the rest of the season.

The German driver finished in 6th place having qualified from P7, with his result subsequently promoted to 5th after it was revealed that Daniel Ricciardo had been excluded from the race and stripped of his second place finish.

Hulkenberg was eager to point out the fact that this was the first time he managed to finish at the Australian Grand Prix.

“I’m quite happy to finish the race, said Hulkenberg. “First time for me ever, which is is good news straight away in the points. Good job from the team today.”

“I had better track position at times and then we lost two positions after the first stop. It looked like we didn’t quite have the pace as many others had. There were just a few cars out there which seem to have a little bit of an advantage in terms of downforce and cornering speeds looked a bit higher.”

“I had some issues with front left graining on the soft compound, which never really cleared up. That compromised my first two stints a little bit. But overall positive I think. Lots learned and we can build on that.”

When asked whether he was happy with the pace of the car thus far, Hulkenberg said there was room for improvement.

“I think it could be better. We’re lacking a little bit there. At least that was the case today. But it’s only the first race. There’s a long season ahead.”

Peter Leung

Peter Leung

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