Neither Force India driver managed to score points in a testing race in Hungary, prompting Nico Hulkenberg to state that the team needs to analyse their performance and look to improve over the summer break, in preparation for the remainder of F1 2012.
Hulkenberg in eleventh finished one place ahead of team mate Paul di Resta, however the duo just didn't have enough to capitalise on the struggles of drivers such as Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, despite Hulkenberg's optimism after a promising qualifying.
Hulkenberg was blunt in his post race assessment, stating that he just lacked pace relative to their rivals such as Williams, who pulled away in the Constructor's championship courtesy of Bruno Senna's points scoring drive.
“A very difficult race, to be honest," he said. "I struggled a lot with the balance this afternoon and we just didn't have good enough pace. The rear tyre degradation was also high and it wasn't easy towards the end of the race.” Stated the young German before summing up;
“So with all things considered I think P11 was the maximum that was possible because we didn't make any mistakes and the two-stop strategy was definitely the right decision. We were not far away from the points, but we still need to go away and analyse what happened so that we can improve in time for the next race.”
Di Resta faced different troubles in the other Force India as he was unable to make any progress from twelfth on the grid.
The Brit believed he had pace to spare, but he was unable to fully utilise his car's potential.
“I don't think P12 is a fair reflection of the speed we had in the car today," he said. "My race was compromised by a poor start and I lost a few positions going into turn one. I had the same issue in Germany last week so we need to understand how we can improve that going forward because it's hurting our track position.
“The first few laps were quite tough but the car came alive after lap four and brought me back into contention. Unfortunately it was impossible to maximise the speed of the car because there was no chance to overtake and once the pit stops were complete it was just a case of bringing the car home.”
by Philip Barclay