Nico Hulkenberg 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix: Practice and Qualifying

Nico Hulkenberg 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix: Practice and Qualifying

Nico Hulkenberg on the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix Practice and Qualifying Races. Nico's Results and comments plus photo galleries covering the 27-29 March

  • Free Practice 28 March 2014

    Nico Hulkenberg
    Car: VJM07-04
    FP1 - 1:41.642 - 19 laps - P8
    FP2 - 1:40.691 - 34 laps - P10

    Nico Hulkenberg: “I think we can be satisfied with what we learned today. We worked through the programme and there were no big issues on my side. Of course, the hot weather here means conditions are tough and we found that tyre management during the long run was quite challenging. It’s even more difficult this year because there is more wheelspin with these engines and the rear degradation is quite high. We collected the usual data for the tyres and the set-up, and I think there is still room for improvement. I need some more grip and we need to tweak the balance before final practice.”
    Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer: “Apart from some lost track time for Sergio this morning, which resulted from a fuel system issue, our preparation for the Malaysian Grand Prix has gone largely to plan. We met our mileage target for the tyres and signed off the cooling solutions we have in place for this weekend. The long run performance looks competitive, although coping with the high tyre degradation will be critical come Sunday afternoon.”
  • Qualifying 29 March 2014

    Nico Hulkenberg
    Car: VJM07-04
    Q1: 1:58.883
    Q2: 2:00.839
    Q3: 2:01.712

    Nico Hulkenberg: It was pretty challenging with the weather conditions today. There was so much rain, standing water and spray. Visibility was an issue and it was hard to see your braking points. It's tricky to drive these engines with lots of torque in these conditions and you need to be really smooth with the throttle out of the slow corners, but I enjoyed the challenge. We're in P7 and in the top ten on the grid for the second time in a row, which is a result we can be satisfied with. I think we have shown all weekend that we have the speed to be top ten material whether it’s wet or dry and I hope to score a good helping of points tomorrow
    Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director: “Another very wet qualifying session in Sepang presented us with challenging conditions today. Nico looked comfortable in the wet and matched his starting position from Melbourne with seventh place. He has been in the top ten in all the sessions this weekend and should be in good shape for tomorrow. Whether it’s wet or dry I’d like to see both Sahara Force India cars well inside the top ten.”

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