Having had his Russian Grand Prix cut short by a first lap coming together with Marcus Ericsson, Nico Hulkenberg aims to put things right with a good showing at one of his favourite venues.
The German's early DNF in Sochi – which was precipitated by his solo spin before he was collected by the Sauber - prolonged a wretched run of results that has seen him score points only twice since the British Grand Prix back in July, but he aims to put the Russian result behind him in this weekend's USGP.
“Of the newer tracks on the calendar, I think Austin is probably my favourite,” he confirmed, “We should be in good shape and competitive there, which would be the best way to bounce back after my disappointing weekend in Sochi.”
With Force India generally showing well over recent F1 weekends, even if the results don't back up the performances, Hulkenberg is looking forward to kick-starting his bid for a top ten championship position, with a six-point gap to make up on Lotus' Romain Grosjean the first hurdle to overcome. The VJM08B, introduced midway through the season, is proving to be a potent weapon, and the German is keen to make the most of it at a circuit where the driver can also make a difference.
“The variation of corners makes it good fun to drive,” he noted, “The lap is made up of high-speed, medium-speed and low-speed corners, and there are also a lot of gradient changes, such as the uphill approach to turn one, where it can be tricky to get your brake balance right.
“The track is smooth and it's easy to find your rhythm, while the DRS is worth quite a lot and the long straight between turns 11-12 is a really good opportunity for overtaking. They've designed a very nice facility!”