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Q&A - Nico Hulkenberg, Force India

Nico Hulkenberg gets set for the 2011 F1 season with Force India
Q:
You got your first taste of a Force India car last week in Valencia - what were your impressions?

Nico Hulkenberg:
It was a very good day both for the team and for me personally. We learned a lot about the new Pirelli tyres and for me it was a special moment to sit in a Force India race car for the very first time. The entire team was highly motivated and so the day was a big pleasure.

Q:
Are you feeling at home in the team now?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Yes, I am. Of course we still need some time to fit together perfectly, but the start was very promising and finding each other will not take too long. I can't wait to sit in the car and work with the team again.

Q:
What will your plans be from now until the start of the season in Bahrain?

Nico Hulkenberg:
I will be in London when the new car will be presented. And I will be in the factory several times, fly to Barcelona with the team, do some PR-days and fitness training and sit in the car again at the test in Bahrain.

Q:
What are your objectives for 2011 and will you continue racing alongside your F1 duties?


Nico Hulkenberg:
No I will not compete in another series. I will focus on my work at Force India only. I want to help the team as much as I can. We want to be within the best five teams in 2011 and I will try my best to assist on that. Personally I want to satisfy the team to be back in a race car in 2012.

Q:
Last year Paul got several free practice outings on Fridays - will you have this opportunity as well?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Yes, luckily the team will give me the chance to drive on Fridays in free practice one.

Q:
Over the season we understand you'll be involved in other duties other than just the test driver role - can you talk us through this?

Nico Hulkenberg:
I will be testing in the simulator several times this year trying to develop our car outside the race track.

Q:
What can you contribute to the team in this role?

Nico Hulkenberg:
I hope I can give some useful feedback during race weekends with my experience from last year. Obviously I will be around and have my eyes and ears very open trying to help the team and drivers.

Q:
You visited Silverstone yesterday - what have you learned about the team since you were announced as a Force India driver?

Nico Hulkenberg:
I did my seat fit for the new VJM04 yesterday. I know that everyone back in the factory is working hard to get the VJM04 out on track right now, everyone is motivated.

Q:
What do you think about the new rule changes that have been introduced this year?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Difficult to say right now as I haven't tested a car under the 2011 spec rules. But I believe that KERS, the movable rear wing and the new Pirelli tyres will make racing more exiting this year and allow more overtaking during races.

Q:
How have you prepared for the new season?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Well, I did the fitness preparation as usual, plus I've visited the Force India Factory to get to know the people there.



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