Hulkenberg: The target remains more points

© Force India, 6 September 2012

Nico Hulkenberg
"It’s a great result for us at Spa. It’s my best finish in Formula 1 and the 12 points scored moved us up a place in the constructors’ championship. We clearly benefited from the start crash, but after that we were strong, had good pace and were able to fight a Red Bull, a Ferrari and a Lotus. So we made the most of the situation and deserved to pick up the points.

"I know (we were only two seconds away from the podium)! We were always in contention for the podium and when I got ahead of Raikkonen up into second place I thought it might be possible. The result shows that we are not too far away and with eight races to go we will try our best to get a podium before the end of the year. But yesterday was just one race and our focus is to try and repeat this sort of race pace for the rest of the year.

"I really enjoy Monza. It is the last high-speed circuit of the year and the atmosphere is just brilliant. Obviously every team brings a new wing configuration to Monza because the track is so unique, so we have to wait and see how our aero package performs there. The target remains more points on Sunday.

Paul di Resta
"It’s disappointing to lose KERS before a race, especially when you see the way the race developed. I’m sure we could have come away with more points (at Spa) if things had gone to plan.

"Monza is one of those really special races and a venue where you can really appreciate the history of the sport. It’s also another place where the fans really get behind Formula 1 and always create a brilliant atmosphere. It always takes a while to get used to the car because we run with a lot less downforce compared to any other circuit. Your braking distances increase and we’re travelling about 25 km/h faster than we do all year. So adapting to that quickly and getting up to speed is always a challenge.

"I think the secret to a quick lap in Monza is mainly about getting the brakes right. You need to have your brake balance spot on and it’s not easy when you’re changing fuel load – especially in practice and on low fuel in qualifying. You also need to be aggressive and use the kerbs to get the laptime."

Vijay Mallya, Team Principal
"Spa I think was probably our most competitive showing of the year in terms of race pace. Nico ended the race just a couple of seconds behind (Kimi) Raikkonen and came very close to the podium. In terms of strategy, the pit wall called things perfectly and Nico did the rest by racing hard and making no mistakes.

"Spa was the fourth race this year when we’ve had two cars finish in the points. I’ve been saying this is what we need to do if we want to catch Sauber and recapture our sixth place finish in the championship. If Paul had not suffered with the KERS issue, I’m convinced we would have come away from Spa with even more points.

"I remember this time last year saying that it was the most competitive season ever in the midfield – but this year has surpassed even that. Sauber and Williams have been on the podium and will continue to be strong in the remaining races. But at the same time I believe we have the car and the team to beat them. I also remember last year we performed better in the second half of the season so I’m optimistic for the remaining races.

"We need to carry the momentum into the Monza weekend. The car was working well in Spa and looked competitive on the straights so I’m hopeful we can carry this over to Monza where we run with even less downforce."


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