Hülkenberg: Balance issues affected performance
6 July 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg continued his points scoring run at the British Grand Prix but believes that balance issues, caused by strong winds at Silverstone, affected his result.
Hülkenberg started from fourth on the grid but made a poor start and was unable to hold back faster rivals across the 52-lap affair, with the German ultimately falling to eighth.
"It was quite a tricky afternoon," he said. "My start was not great; I lost a couple of places, and after that we didn't seem to have the pace to fight for big points. I was struggling with the balance, which may have been related to the wind because it was very gusty out there.
"I had some good battles, especially in the early laps, but we were just missing the performance to really fight today. It's good to score points, but starting fourth we were hoping for more. We now need to regroup and come back stronger for my home race in Germany."
Force India team-mate Sergio Pérez struggled to 11th place following a first lap collision with the Toro Rosso of Jean-Éric Vergne.
"We can't really judge what our real pace was because the contact with Vergne at the start compromised our race. We dropped down to last and from down there it was very difficult to salvage something from this race," he said.
"I struggled with the Prime tyre early in the race, which would have been the best time to make up the ground I had lost. The car felt a lot better on the options, after our pit-stop, but our final stint was not enough to get back into the points."