Nico Hulkenberg says there is more to come from Force India after today’s two practice sessions at the Hockenheimring.
The German driver, competing in his home race, finished the first practice 13th place, completing 22 laps, before slipping to 14th in the afternoon session, managing 32 laps.
He admitted that it is difficult to judge the Silverstone-based outfit’s one-lap pace because of yellow flags during his option tyre qualifying run, adding that he is confident the team can find more speed overnight.
“It was not the smoothest day, but from the team’s perspective everyone is happy that we managed to get the main jobs done,” he said.
“It’s hard to really know our absolute pace because my short run on the supersoft tyre was compromised by a couple of yellow flags. So I feel there is more performance and laptime available with a clean lap. I also think we can still find a bit of pace overnight with some balance changes.”
His team-mate Sergio Perez was 14th quickest in the opening session after managing 24 laps. The Mexican then finished 13th in practice two and completed 28 laps.
Despite finishing both sessions outside of the top 10, he was pleased with the running completed at the Hockenheimring on today.
“I’m feeling pretty happy about today because we finished the programme and we learned a lot,” he said. The car performed well in the afternoon, especially for the long runs, so I’m really looking forward to Sunday.
“We also worked hard on the qualifying pace, but I think wherever we qualify we can move forward and be in the fight for points.”
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