Hülkenberg targets improved balance after spin
14 March 2014 – Force India driver Nico Hülkenberg is targeting an improved balance with his VJM07 after spinning out of free practice two at the Australian Grand Prix.
Hülkenberg was tenth fastest in the second session but ended his day in the gravel trap after dipping a wheel onto the grass under braking for turn nine.
"I’m feeling quite happy because it was a smooth day with lots to learn," he said. "I had a little moment at the end of FP2 when I put a wheel on the grass under braking, but the conditions were difficult because the sun was so low in the sky.
"Otherwise the day went well in terms of reliability and we look quite competitive so far. It feels like both tyre compounds are working well, but there is still room for improvement with the balance."
Team-mate Sergio Pérez agreed that Force India required improvements but was happy with the balance in his car.
"There are some areas where we need to improve, but the most important thing is that we managed to collect some good information," he said.
"I’m happy with the general balance of the car so we have moved in the right direction with the set-up. My long run was not ideal because of the traffic, but we have enough information to make our decisions."