Hülkenberg: Malaysia will test 2014 cars
25 March 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg reckons the Malaysian Grand Prix will provide the first true test for the 2014 grid.
After the season-opening Melbourne race, which took place on the narrow streets of Albert Park, the field will tackle the contrasting Sepang International Circuit this weekend, amid typical extreme heat and humidity.
"Malaysia is going to be a tough challenge with totally different track characteristics and higher temperatures, which always leads to higher tyre degradation," said Hülkenberg.
"It should be a good test of the new cars because it's much more open than Melbourne with a nice variation of high and low-speed corners, plus two long straights."
Team-mate Sergio Pérez, who was hindered by a puncture at the opening round, is hopeful that Force India will be able to take advantage of the aforementioned conditions to pull off a strong result.
"I believe Malaysia can be a very good race for us," said the Mexican. "I think Melbourne was a more difficult one for us and with a hotter track and more rear tyre degradation for everyone we can be stronger.
"I'm counting the days to Malaysia to recover what we couldn't achieve in Australia."