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Force India F1 need to keep introducing updates, says Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg has warned Force India must “keep the updates coming and progress” if the team is not to fade during the final eight races of the 2014 F1 season.
Nico Hulkenberg says it doesn't feel like Force India are tailing off, although he concedes there is definitely a need to keep developing the VJM07.

Hulkenberg had managed to score points in every single race this year until the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of last month. However while he had a number of fifth and sixth places early on, he had to settle for ninth, eighth and seventh in Austria, Britain and Germany respectively.

So is he worried the team is slipping back? “It doesn't feel we are tailing off,” he replied. “But we do need to ensure we keep updates coming and progress in the same way as other teams. Otherwise the threat is we will fall behind the other teams.

“But, yeah, maintain and hopefully make more steps in the right direction is the aim – that must be the aim.”

Hulkenberg has scored 69 points so far this season and while that is more than double the tally of team-mate, Sergio Perez, the Mexican did get that podium in Bahrain. Hulkenberg has yet to get on the rostrum in F1 despite his undoubted talent.

Asked if he could still manage a top-three this season, the German picked out Singapore as the most likely place to achieve that in the upcoming grand's prix after F1's summer break.

“Obviously in Bahrain a lot other people were still sorting out big issues engine wise, like Red Bull and that is all gone now. We still have an advantage there on the engine side, but not as big any more. So it is going to be more tricky [to get on the podium], but never say never,” he added.

“I think maybe Singapore [should be good for us] - it is quite low speed and normally low speed has been good for us.”

Related Pictures

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25.07.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
26.07.2014- Free Practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
26.07.2014- Free Practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
25.07.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
20.07.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India VJM07
04.07.2014 - Free Practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India VJM07

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August 07, 2014 9:55 AM

hybridF1: Not sure I fully understand this comment.
@hybrid f1 What i am saying Toro rosso improved last few races more then force india. They are struggle with reliability & Mistakes. Otherwise they are looking good (Kvyat & Vergne). In terms for 2015 season, if Toro Rosso sort out their issues then they can be qualify their car inside 10th more consistently then SFI(means easily reach Q3). SFI must imroved their Qualify otherwise they will struggle in RACE. Also their car updates.

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