Nico Hulkenberg says he is looking forward to getting his first taste of Force India's upgraded VJM08 package to give him an idea of what he can expect from the second-half of the season.
Following several delays, the new-look VJM08 – which was previewed at the recent Red Bull Ring F1 test – will get its first proper run at the British Grand Prix, a move that comes after Force India leapt to fifth in the Constructors' standings on the back of a sixth place finish in the Austrian race.
Indeed, Hulkenberg has revitalised his fortunes in recent races, scoring well in Canada and Austria – as well as securing his historic Le Mans 24 Hours victory in between -, performances that have in turn lifted him to ninth in the standings.
A far cry from the pessimistic words from earlier in the season when Force India openly admitted it was simply waiting for the upgraded car to land, Hulkenberg is excited to see where the team can go during the second-half of the year.
“I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the upgraded VJM08 at Silverstone, which will give us the first impression of what we can expect in the second half of the season.
“I'm really looking forward to Silverstone – the team's home race. We go there with a lot of momentum following the strong performance in Austria where we really maximised everything. The circuit suited us, of course, but the field was really close and it was up to us to get a good result, which we did.
“Finishing sixth was probably the maximum we could get from the race and to come away with a good bunch of points was very satisfying.”