Nico Hulkenberg says there is a lot at stake for Force India in the second part of the 2014 season, but he believes the team is up for the fight.
The Silverstone-based outfit is currently fifth in the constructors’ standings, 37 points behind Williams and one ahead of McLaren. Team principal Vijay Mallya thinks fourth is achievable and Hulkenberg is expecting a close championship fight.
“I’m feeling upbeat,” he said when asked how he is feeling ahead of round 12 in Belgium. “There’s a lot at stake, but the team is up for the fight.
“We made the most of our opportunities in the first part of the season and we need to do the same in the final eight races. I expect a close battle in the championship until the end of the season so we need to be consistently picking up good points.”
Sharing his thoughts on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, he added: “It’s an amazing track and one of my favourites – as it probably is for everybody on the grid.
“There are so many iconic corners, such as Eau Rouge and Pouhon, which feel very special in a Formula One car. For the high and medium speed corners you obviously need downforce, but it’s a trade-off with top speed on the long straights so you need good efficiency.”
His team-mate Sergio Perez is also a fan. “I love the track,” admitted the Mexican. “It has amazing corners, lots of character and history.
“The racing is always intense because there are a couple of overtaking opportunities, especially in turn five if you get a good run through Eau Rouge. It will be interesting to see how these cars cope with Eau Rouge this year and whether we can still take it flat.”
He believes a strong result is possible at the circuit: “I’ve never scored points at Spa, so that’s my first target. We also need to put the disappointment of Hungary behind us. Spa is a power track and I think we can perform well there. You also have to expect wet weather at some point so it could be quite unpredictable.”
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