April 2, 2014 (F1plus).- Once again, Nico Hulkenberg is showing to the world how good of a driver he is. His very strong performance in Malaysia did not become a ‘great result’ for the team, as the very unlucky Perez could not even take part of the race.
The German finished fifth, an improvement of one position when compared to the first round in Australia. So, will there be a fourth or better at Bahrain? It could happen.
As such, Hulkenberg answers few inquiries ahead of the Bahrain GP of this weekend.
Nico, a strong weekend in Malaysia - what did you learn from the race?
“I think the performance in Malaysia was very encouraging, especially because we managed it with a two-stop strategy and nobody else near the front managed that. We've had two good races and have scored a lot of points already. I think we have a strong foundation and we can now build on that. The car is good, but there are still areas that we need to focus and work on so we have to keep the development rate high.”
Bahrain is up next, were you encouraged by the team’s performance there in testing?
“Yes, but for the race we will drive at a very different time of day, when it gets cooler. I think it will be easier for the tyres and tyre management, which is good for us in the car. In terms of performance I expect something similar to Malaysia. I think the aim must be for us to qualify in the top ten again and score some more points.”
What memories do you have from racing in Bahrain?
“To be honest Bahrain hasn't been the best place for me and I've never had a good result there. So we're going to change that this year! The track is not bad and I really like the paddock and enjoy the atmosphere. It's a very nice venue and it's good to work there.”
It’s been very documented the misfortunes (he got stuck in gear) suffered by Perez who could not drive one lap for the Malaysian GP last weekend. Still, the Mexican look future with optimism.
Sergio, after the disappointment of Malaysia you must be pleased to have the next race coming up so soon this weekend…
“It's a very good thing that the disappointment will only last a couple of days before we go to Bahrain, so I'm looking forward to it. The whole weekend in Malaysia was frustrating, but hopefully we can achieve a great result in Bahrain.”
You looked competitive during the winter test session in Bahrain…
“I feel that we are in good shape, so hopefully we can deliver a strong performance there. If we keep out of trouble, we should have the pace to score points and get our season back on track. ”
What is your favourite memory of Bahrain?
“Last year I had a good race with McLaren and it was one of my best races. Also, I won there in GP2. Normally it's a good track for me, so I'm looking forward to it.”
Which parts of the lap stand out for you?
“In turn one there's normally a lot of overtaking and a lot of action, and with the limited rear grip the cars have these days it will be interesting how we can cope with that.”