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Q&A: Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India

I just have to get back in the groove, get some mileage, get the F1 feeling back, and just prepare. The important thing is to do a qualifying and race simulation as well, at the latest by the last Barcelona test. It's what you would do usually, but maybe this time it's a bit more for myself to prepare.

Q:
What are your thoughts on Paul di Resta? Obviously he's going to be your main rival this year.

Nico Hulkenberg:
I know Paul very well from last year, and I saw what he could do. I think he did a very good and a competitive rookie season. Having a winter and then coming back for your second year, you've got to be stronger, it's natural. You can have a good think about things. I think we both have a very competitive nature, and we both had some great success before F1. It's going to be competitive, and at the same time what I could see from last year is that we work well together. It's a healthy rivalry between us, we can push ourselves to the limit, and the team can be pushed to the limit as well, which is good.

Q:
Do you have similar driving styles and set-up preferences?

Nico Hulkenberg:
It's difficult sometimes to make out the difference and you always think about your own set-up rather than your teammate's. So I don't know yet whether we have a similar driving style.

Q:
The team did a great job to finish sixth last year. How tough is it going to be to repeat that, given the strength of the middle of the field?

Nico Hulkenberg:
I think that's the case every year, and if you look at how competitive it was in the midfield last year, there's nothing new there. Obviously Williams wants to come back and push forward again – they want to make our life more difficult! We want to establish ourselves and maybe even gain one more place to be fifth in the constructors', so it's going to be interesting with Lotus as well.


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Paul di Resta (GBR) and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
03.02.2012 Silverstone, England,  Nico Hulkenberg (GER) and Paul di Resta (GBR) - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
Jules Bianchi (FRA) with Nico Hulkenberg (GER) and Paul di Resta (GBR) - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
03.02.2012 Silverstone, England,  Jules Bianchi (FRA) with Nico Hulkenberg (GER) and Paul di Resta (GBR) - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
Jules Bianchi (FRA) with Nico Hulkenberg (GER) and Paul di Resta (GBR) - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
Nico Hulkenberg (GER) and Paul di Resta (GBR) - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch

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