Hulkenberg looking forward to Red Bull Ring debut

Hulkenberg looking forward to Red Bull Ring debut

Nico Hulkenberg says he is looking forward to driving at the Red Bull Ring for the first time this weekend.0933LB1D6538

The German driver has no previous experience at the circuit, but he thinks it will be fun to drive after completing a track walk on Thursday.

When asked by Richland F1 if the layout will suit the VJM07, he replied: “I think it will be okay. Similar to Montreal, I think. I have never driven here so we will have to wait until tomorrow but it looks like an engine track, lots of straight line and up and down hill.

“Doing the track walk, it looks pretty fun to drive, especially the middle sector with the two high speed left-handers. I am curious to know what it is like so I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

Does he like coming to the more traditional circuits? “The mixture is important, that we have those modern and big cities like Singapore and Montreal,” he said. “But then coming here is a nice contrast, completely different, middle of nowhere, a lot of cows, trees and forests. But I like it here.”

Hulkenberg finished the Canadian Grand Prix in fifth place. He was happy with the result but felt a little more was possible. “I am very happy with Canada, that I finished fifth in the end,” he said.

“I obviously profited from the accident there in the end, but I feel we could have had more from that race if we hadn’t had the early safety and the clutch issue at the start. I think the strategy I decided to go for, or we at the team, could have been really, really good.

He added that the target is for Force India to maintain its current position in the constructors’ standings, with a more personal aim to score over 100 points this season – he has already scored 57.

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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.