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Hulkenberg: We’re in a situation we don’t like

26 May 2013

Nico Hulkenberg had admitted that Sauber is 'in a situation that we don't like' after a difficult start to the 2013 season.

To date, the team has managed to pick up just five points in five races, compared to 41 at the same stage last year, with the new C32 having so far struggled to be a regular contender for points.

Hulkenberg will hope to add to that tally in Monaco having qualified eleventh on the grid but he admitted that the team has work to do to regularly challenge for points.

“Points are what we are going to try,” he replied when asked by Crash.net on his aims for race day. “We aren't far away from them and we will try and make a good start and survive the first corner with no damage. That's the first priority. If you damage the front wing and have to pit straight away you're race is over. Overtaking is difficult and you can't really gain an advantage anywhere else. The race is 78 laps and there are plenty of opportunities to make a mistake and finish your race. It is one of the races with the highest level of concentration for everybody.

“[However] given how we started and not starting the season as strong as we would like we are finding ourselves in a situation that we don't like. We are not competitive enough. As always it's the aerodynamic side and maybe some of the interaction with the Pirelli tyres. There is something there that can make the car tricky to drive sometimes and for now the target is to fix that step by step and get more competitive and in the long term will get us better results.”

Much has been made of the fact that Hulkenberg's old team, Force India, has enjoyed a strong start to the season leading to suggestions that the German may have regretted his decision to switch teams over the winter.

The 25-year-old admitted however that he stood by his decision to join the Hinwil-based team and was focused on the job at hand.

“It's good for them [Force India] and they have put a decent race car together,” he said. “I'm not with them anymore and a long time back when I made the decision things were different. You never have guarantees in life, and for sure not in Formula 1, but in life that is how things go.”


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