The German driver has so far scored in every single race so far in 2014, including four fifth place finishes. Force India is currently fourth in the constructors’ standings, and Hulkenberg is confident that the team can continue to compete at their current level.
“We are in a very good position to keep scoring points, but we will need to keep our guard up and keep working hard as we did from the start,” he said.
“There will be tracks where we will be stronger and where we can capitalise on the opportunities we have, and tracks that will be more of a challenge. I know what plans the team has for the rest of the season and I see no reason why we cannot keep battling at the level we are at now.”
Like Vijay Mallya, Hulkenberg expects the Red Bull Ring to suit the VJM07. “The track has some long straights and a few slow corners that should suit us, and we can count on making the most of softer compounds as we did in Canada.
“When you go to a new track it’s even more important to maximise the practice sessions because there is so much more to learn. The lap is quite short so the gaps between the cars will be minimal and even small mistakes can make a big difference.”
Hulkenberg and his team-mate Sergio Perez have never raced at the circuit, but the latter has visited the country before and is looking forward to returning.
“I have been there a couple of times,” the Mexican said. “It is a beautiful country; the people are nice and it’s full of amazing scenery – especially the mountains. It’s also a great place to ski and its Formula 1 heritage is impressive.”
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