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Season review by Nico Hülkenberg: & # 34; It's not always easy to drive to the limit & # 34;

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Season review by Nico Hülkenberg
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E Actually Nico Hülkenberg can be satisfied. Its curve points upwards. On places 14 (2010), 11 (2012), 10 (2013) came ninth overall this year. After 22 (2010), 63 (2012) and 51 (2013) points, things are also improving again. This year the 27-year-old German scratched the 100 point barrier. With 96 points he stayed just below. 'It's a shame, I would have liked to break the 100 mark.' Without the five-second penalty at the final run in Abu Dhabi, it would have worked. 'Then I would have finished fifth before Button.'

Hülkenberg in 15 races in the points

Hülkenberg can also be satisfied with the consistency of his performances. He finished in the points in 15 of the 19 races. Only the top 6 of the world championship were better. And yet Hulkenberg allows himself some critical remarks. To himself and to his car. 'It wasn't always easy to drive these cars to the limit in qualifying. I made a few mistakes. We also had problems with the rear wing and the underbody from time to time. If it was mounted a bit crooked, nothing worked . ' Nevertheless, he won the training duel against Sergio Perez 10: 9.

It was a season in two parts. Until the summer break, Force India was clearly on course for 5th place in the constructors' standings. Then came the break-in. McLaren pulled by. In the second half of the season, even ToroRosso sometimes had a faster car. 'If the upgrades don't come, you will be overtaken. That's how it is in Formula 1,' summarizes Hulkenberg. Force India has definitely improved its VJM07. But the last two trump cards didn't stand out. 'It didn't deliver what we were promised.'

In practice, that cost lap time: 'In the end, we were classically too slow. In all sectors. We lacked downforce. The balance was indeed Better at the end of the season, but we couldn't increase the downforce. Then you just drive slower through the corners than others. We know that downforce is the best recipe. That solves many other problems with the car. '

'Tire joker fell away in the end'

For a while, Force India saved itself by making up ground lost in the race. Because the car was easy on its tires. 'The others caught up in this area. In the end this joker fell away.' The strategists could only deal with alternativesHold strategies against it. It worked in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Hülkenberg scored 20 points in the last two races.

For the drivers it was a balancing act because of the downforce deficit. 'The working window of the tires was extremely small. In addition, 50 kilograms heavier cars and castrated aerodynamics. If you overdid it a little, you were punished for it.' And this is how Hülkenberg explains the glaring lead of the Mercedes: 'They just had a brutal amount of downforce. And so the tires on their car worked better. That's why they drove in a different class.'

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