Hulkenberg: Force India can keep up the momentum

Hulkenberg: Force India can keep up the momentum

Force India can keep the momentum going after enjoying the best start to a season in the team’s history, according to Nico Hulkenberg.

The Silverstone-based outfit hMotor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Chinese Grand Prix - Practice Day - Shanghai, Chinaas scored three double points finishes and Hulkenberg has failed to take the chequered flag outside of the top six so far in 2014.

The German driver is currently fourth in the drivers’ championship, with Force India leaving the last race in China third in the constructors’ standings, and is confident that the team’s strong form can continue.

“At the start of the year, the team said it wanted to improve on last year and so far it’s going according to plan,” he told The Economic Times. “We have 54 points from four races and we are third in the teams’ standings. Yes, there is a long way to go, but I believe we can keep up the momentum.”

He added: “I think new regulations create a reset for all teams. It changes the established order a bit and that is what we’ve seen this year. I think it has given us a chance to be more competitive than in previous seasons. The team sacrificed a lot last year to concentrate on 2014 and I think it has proved to be a sensible decision.”

Sergio Perez finished on the podium at the third round in Bahrain, but Hulkenberg has yet to register a top three finish. It is a target for him this season, but he believes scoring consistent top 10 results is more important.

“It’s definitely the goal, but the most important thing is consistency over the year and to make sure we are scoring points at each race,” he said. “The factory is working hard to bring more performance to the car. We had some aero parts in Shanghai and the plan is for some more in Barcelona.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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