Hülkenberg eyeing further points in China
6 April 2013 – Sauber driver Nico Hülkenberg has set his sights on another points finish in the Chinese Grand Prix, having picked up an eighth place result at Sepang. The German, who suffered a pre-start retirement at the start of the campaign in Melbourne, says the completion of a full race distance has given him a much better feeling with his car.
"The circuit in Shanghai is not particularly one of my favourite tracks, nevertheless it's a demanding one," Hülkenberg explained ahead of the race. "Tyres and strategy will be very important during the weekend.
"I have a better feeling now I have driven my first race in the C32, especially because we were able to collect a lot of information. In Malaysia we scored points and that is also my goal for China."
On the other side of the Sauber garage, rookie Esteban Gutiérrez will be visiting the Shanghai International Circuit for the first time in his career, with the Mexican's main priority to continue his upward performance trend over the course of the weekend.
"I don't actually know the track yet, so it will be an interesting challenge again to learn the circuit and then to develop confidence throughout the practice sessions," Gutiérrez commented. "You can learn a lot through video footage, your engineer's advice on the right gears in different parts of the track and, most important of all, the more confidence you have in your car the easier it is to learn a new one.
"Compared to the first race in Melbourne, I now know the car so I can focus on learning the track. My goal is to improve and I'm looking forward to that."