Hülkenberg: Force India in good shape
3 March 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg reckons Force India F1 has come a ‘long way’ since the opening pre-season test in Jerez and he added that they are now in ‘good shape’ for the first race in Australia.
“The final day of testing went pretty well,” said the German, who set the fourth quickest time and did 74 laps in total. “In the end we didn’t do the race simulation, but we did some long runs and signed off a lot of other things on the job list.”
“We didn’t do as many laps as on Saturday, but we still made progress and learned some new things. So it’s been two good days for me and I’m feeling pretty satisfied. You always want more time to prepare, but I think we’re in good shape.”
“[All-in-all] the car has come a long way since the first Jerez test and we have made progress every day,” he added.
Andrew Green, Force India’s Technical Director, meanwhile confirmed that a ‘suspected component failure’ with the Mercedes engine was what stopped Hülkenberg prematurely in the afternoon: “It was a result of high mileage, and so we didn’t manage to complete our target number of laps,” he continued. “Nonetheless our time in Bahrain has gone largely to plan with the mileage achieved during the previous three days leaving us in good shape going into Melbourne.”
“We’re feeling positive about our reliability and have explored some encouraging directions for improving car performance. The other focus has been on our race readiness and we’ve done a great deal of homework to prepare the drivers for the challenge that awaits them in Melbourne,” he summed-up.