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Hulkenberg: I hoped for more

24 July 2012

Nico Hulkenberg says he is disappointed not to have scored more points at the mid-way point of the 2012 F1 season.

The German made his return to the grid this year with Force India having been left without a drive last season following his departure from Williams at the end of his debut campaign in 2010.

Hulkenberg picked up his fifth points finish of the season in Germany last weekend and has also scored Force India's best result of the year so far with fifth in Valencia, although he sits behind team-mate Paul di Resta in the standings at the mid-way point of the year.

Speaking ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Hulkenberg said he was pleased with the performance of Force India's car so far in 2012 even though he was a little disappointed with the number of points he has on the board.

“To be honest, I would have hoped for a few more points than I actually have,” he said. “There were some races where I had some bad luck, which cost me points, especially in Australia where I had a collision on lap one and in Bahrain with a clutch issue at the start.

“But on the other hand, I am happy with the improvement in performance from both the car and myself. We are regular top ten runners and I hope that we will move a little further up the grid in the second half of the season.”

Hulkenberg has run well at the Hungaroring in the past and said he was keen to go into the summer break with a strong result this weekend.

“I have some very good memories, especially looking back to 2010 when I finished sixth, which at that time was the best result of my Formula One career,” he said. “Also, in 2009 I won the GP2 race at the Hungaroring. So I'm looking forward to going back there, especially because I like the city of Budapest: it's just a nice place to visit.

“I think we should be able to fight for points because we recently looked quite strong on circuits that don't have so many fast corners, such as Valencia. Although it's quite a slow circuit, it's very difficult to get a good lap time because you need to hook up all the corners perfectly, so it's quite challenging.”


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