Hulkenberg out to break Melbourne jinx

Saturday 8th March 2014

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Hulkenberg out to break Melbourne jinx

Hulkenberg out to break Melbourne jinx

While he may want points in Melbourne, Nico Hulkenberg says his first goal is to reach lap two of the grand prix.

The German has yet to reach the chequered flag in the Australian Grand Prix and last year did not even take his place on the grid due to an issue with his Sauber.

This season, back with Force India, he says the first target is to get his VJM07 safely onto lap two.

"It's been three races in Melbourne and I've still not completed a racing lap!" he said. "They say bad luck comes in groups of three so hopefully attempt number four will work out better!"

From there, though, Hulkenberg wants more, namely a strong points finish with which to begin his campaign.

"It's not easy to say. Testing only tells you so much, but I think we still have some performance in our pocket.

"I just hope we are competitive and can race for good points."

However, Hulkenberg, who raced for Force India in 2012 before spending a season with Sauber, reckons he is ready for the challenge ahead.

"I feel comfortable, but I think this feeling will grow stronger during the season.

"The cars are different compared to last year: the corner speeds are lower because there is less downforce and the engine behaviour is quite different.

"So it's a new challenge and it's difficult to tell just from testing how it will feel during a race weekend."

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