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Hulkenberg: Force India targeting P3 in F1 constructors'

Nico Hulkenberg says Force India is targeting third in the constructors' championship this season after a strong start
Nico Hulkenberg says Force India is targeting third in the constructors' championship this season after a strong start to the year.

Force India has scored points in every race so far, with the highlight being Sergio Perez's third place in the Bahrain Grand Prix. With Hulkenberg sitting fourth in the drivers' championship after finishing no lower than sixth in any race, Force India currently holds third in the constructors' and Hulkenberg says retaining that spot is now the target.

“I think this team has always been hungry and that's still very much the case,” Hulkenberg said. “We're up in third in the championship and we want to stay there. The hard work over the winter is paying off, but we know that Formula One is always a development race and things can change from one weekend to the next. So we need to keep working hard to maintain our good position.”

Having enjoyed such a strong start to the year himself, Hulkenberg admits the opening four races have exceeded expectations.

“I've enjoyed the first part of the year. It's probably gone better than we were expecting after winter testing and it's good to keep picking up the points. I'm fourth with 36 points and I think that's a big achievement. The car has worked well everywhere and we've made the most of the opportunities. Consistency is surely one of our strengths at the moment.”



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sprulz

May 05, 2014 12:31 PM

That's a large statement to make. But if it's coming from someone as straightforward as Nico, they really must be confident with their car! Definitely hope to see them third or fourth, however beating Williams, McLaren and Ferrari may prove to be a challenge. And if Lotus is actually serious about how good their car is, they may prove to be another challenger as well, later into the season.

pizzaboy

May 05, 2014 5:35 PM

Thats a bold statement, I agree but it is not completely baseless. Its not like Maldonado saying it either...if they are able to maintain pace in European races they will definitely be in reach of 3rd or at least 4th. And remember the last race with double points is in Abu Dhabi, where FI have been strong lately. With Williams long due to get strong results and Ferrari improving swiftly 3rd at this stage looks tough but then why not aim at the moon I say!



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