Hülkenberg: We want to stay in third
5 May 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg says that consistency is one of Force India's strength as the team bids to remain in third place in the Constructors' championship.
Hülkenberg has finished the first four races in either fifth or sixth place and reckons that the start to 2014 has been better than expected for Force India.
"I've enjoyed the first part of the year," he said. "It's probably gone better than we were expecting after winter testing and it's good to keep picking up the points. I'm fourth with 36 points and I think that's a big achievement. The car has worked well everywhere and we've made the most of the opportunities. Consistency is surely one of our strengths at the moment."
"We're up in third in the championship and we want to stay there. The hard work over the winter is paying off, but we know that Formula One is always a development race and things can change from one weekend to the next. So we need to keep working hard to maintain our good position."
The German driver believes that Force India should again be quick at the 'tricky' Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
"Even though we know the place inside out, it remains a tough, tricky circuit and one of those places where it's especially important to optimise the car balance," he said. "If you don't feel totally comfortable with the car it really hurts your laptime. Barcelona is the true test for downforce because of the quick corners in the first and second sectors. Traction is also important in the final part of the lap with the low-speed corners and we should be strong there."