Hülkenberg: 2014 pecking order a mystery
15 January 2014 – Returning Force India driver Nico Hülkenberg says "nobody has any idea" of how the Formula 1 pecking order will shape up this season, with teams entering new territory amid a string of significant regulation changes.
The latest ruleset, spearheaded by turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engines and aerodynamic tweaks, will debut at the Jerez test later this month, with great anticipation as to which outfits have put together the strongest packages.
"At the moment, nobody knows how this season and the new cars are going to be," said Hülkenberg. "There are a lot of questions which we can't really answer until we have been on the track, running – not even the first race will be the absolute truth teller. There will be a lot of data to look at and analyse, work with it to go forward.
"Never before has there been a situation like this, when with just a couple of weeks before the first test nobody has any idea of where everyone is."
He added: "It's a pretty unique situation for everyone. It's a challenge, an opportunity to do something special, but on the other hand it opens up the opportunity to do mistakes, so we will need to do our work well."
The opening Jerez gathering will be followed by two tests in Bahrain, before the teams head to Australia.