Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sahara Force India Hungarian Grand Prix team preview

(Sahara Force India Formula One Team)

The Sahara Force India Formula One Team head to the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend following a double points scoring finish last time out at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim where Nico Hulkenberg finished the race in 7th place while Sergio Perez finished the race in 10th place. Hulkenberg remains one of only two driver's on the grid to have scored points in every race so far this season. The Silverstone based outfit are currently in 5th place in the Constructors championship just two points ahead of McLaren.

Nico Hulkenberg is aiming to score point's for the eleventh race in a row say:

'We will certainly try our best. So far it’s been a great season – my best year in Formula One and the best year for the team too. The car has worked well on every kind of track so if we keep working as we are I think we can have a strong second half of the year as well. There are still some developments to come, mainly on the aero side, so that will help us stay competitive.'

The German was asked about the characteristics of the Hungaroring to which he replied:

'The circuit is challenging and leaves little room for mistakes. The second sector has several corners that are all connected, so you need to hook them all up to be quick. If you run wide on one corner you can lose the flow of the lap. Overtaking is difficult, too, even with the DRS. There is one straight, but it’s not that long.'

Hulkenberg is excited about going to the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend saying:

'It’s a good event with a nice atmosphere and lots of fans. I love the city of Budapest with the beautiful buildings and old architecture so it’s nice to explore a bit. The weather is always hot, which usually helps us and our car has worked well on tracks with slow corners so that’s a good sign.'
Sergio Perez is hoping for a good result before the month long Summer break which starts the day after the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Mexican said:

'Hungary is definitely a great event and it’s usually one of the hottest races of the year. It’s the last race before the summer break so you always want to do well so that you can enjoy the break, otherwise it can feel very long.'

Perez was also asked if he likes the to circuit to which he replied:

'It's a really interesting circuit and you have to think very carefully about the way you set your car up. It’s a very technical lap and you have to consider the weaknesses of your car and set it up around them. It's also very demanding on the tyres because you are always in a corner. The hot weather will make that even more challenging. '
The Mexican concluded by saying:

'I was a bit disappointed after Silverstone and Hockenheim because things did not really work out for me in the races. So it’s important to score some good points before the summer break.'

© Ben Johnston 2014

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