Hülkenberg delighted by points on Force India return
17 March 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg says he is pleased to have scored points on his return to Force India.
Hülkenberg, who previously raced for the team in 2012, finished the Australian Grand Prix in seventh place but was elevated to sixth after Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the results.
"Seventh place is a positive way to start the season," said the German. "I was very happy to see the chequered flag – the first time I've done so in Melbourne – and it’s important to score some good points early on. I made a strong start and enjoyed good track position for the first two stints when I was running up in fourth."
Hülkenberg dropped behind Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button after the second round of stops and had to play second fiddle to the Spaniard when the duo duelled after the Ferrari driver exited the pits.
"The only real issue I had was some front left graining on the Soft tyres, which never really cleared up and that compromised my first two stints," he said.
"It was a shame to lose two positions at my second pit-stop [to Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso] but it looks like some of the cars around us have a bit more pace at the moment. I want to thank the team for the amazing job they've done over the winter and this weekend to get us to this point.
"It's been a great effort and it's nice to reward everyone with some points at the first race."
Hülkenberg's team-mate, Sergio Pérez, was handed the final point after Ricciardo's disqualification.