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Hulkenberg: struggle for balance hurt pace

The German finished in the points for the eighth time this season.
Sunday, June 22, 2014

 

22nd June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Nico Hulkenberg finished in the points for the eighth time this year but said a lack of pace prevented him from finishing higher.

The German driver, crossed the line ninth, struggled with balance throughout the race which affected his race pace and tyre wear.

“Inside the car I was struggling with the balance quite a lot, which hurt our pace and also had an impact on the tyre wear.” Hulkenberg said.

“So I think it was just a general lack of pace which stopped me from being able to get a better result.”

“Checo obviously had better race pace, even though he was on a different strategy, so we need to understand why that was the case.”

Teammate Sergio Perez was happy with his cars pace and believes he could have finished on the podium had it not been for the five place grid penalty that meant he qualified 15th.

“When you start in 16th it is always going to be difficult to make up ground, but I had a very strong start and made up a good few positions.” he said.

“The strategy worked; we showed once more that we can manage the tyres well, and we had a very strong race pace, as we have had all year.”

“The only regret is that without the grid penalty I would have been further up the grid, which would have made a big difference because we had the pace to fight for a podium today.”

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