Nico Hulkenberg believes that Force India can chase a points finish in this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix and is determined to take something from the event after a frustrating race in Monaco.
The German qualified only 13th in the Principality, but his fightback to eleventh at the chequered flag suggested points were possible had it not been for a first lap clash with Fernando Alonso that left him nose-first in the tyres at Mirabeau.
Although the Monaco circuit suited the VJM08 more than the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's aero-dependent high-speed layout is expected to, Hulkenberg believes that the Mercedes engine will be a key component, and is optimistic that Force India can take something from its North American sojourn ahead of the hoped-for introduction of an updated chassis.
“I really like the Canadian Grand Prix as an event, and I am looking forward to getting back to racing in Canada after leaving Monaco empty-handed,” he said, “I feel we could have been in the points but, obviously, the incident on the first lap robbed us of a chance to maximise our result.
“The track in Montreal should be one that suits us. It's an unusual circuit, but I enjoy driving there. It's a power circuit because of the long straights and you need good traction to get out of the low-speed corners.”
Despite winning the qualifying battle 4-2 after six rounds of the 2015 season, Hulkenberg heads to Canada trailing Force India team-mate Sergio Perez in the championship, but is confident his approach to the Montreal race will pay dividends this weekend.
“To be quick, you need to attack the kerbs and be brave enough to get close to the walls,” he pointed out, “We will have soft and supersoft tyres again, which worked quite well for us in Monaco, so I think we can target points this weekend.”