Hülkenberg: Alonso was eating me alive!
30 March 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg says that he had no chance to defend against Fernando Alonso during the closing stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.
Hülkenberg stopped just twice during the race whereas his rivals pitted on three occasions, including the Ferrari of Alonso and the Spaniard dispensed with Hülkenberg with a handful of laps remaining. Hülkenberg nonetheless finished the race in fifth place for Force India.
"It was quite unspectacular, I was lonely for many parts of the race but I was relieved and happy at that," he told BBC of his race. "After the start I had a gap behind me and it was easier to manage tyres and fuel."
Hülkenberg defended against Alonso for a couple of corners but lost out to the Ferrari driver at Turn 3 and settled for fifth place.
"Alonso was eating me alive! I was trying but there was no way to hold him up," he said. "The car wasn’t as comfortable on the medium tyre either."
The German driver admits he was expecting Force India's rivals to be closer and is expecting next weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix to present a different challenge.
"I was expecting McLaren and Williams to be all over us but that wasn’t the case," he added. "We were pretty strong out there, which is encouraging. I think Bahrain is a different ball game. Lots of stop and go and short corners, we’ve done a lot of testing there but the race is at a different time of day now."