Hulk has no target in mind

Thursday 23-January-2014 08:15

Nico Hulkenberg has admitted that he has no specific goals for the 2014 Formula One season, since the new regulations make it hard to predict which teams will have the stronger season.

After spending a year at Sauber, the highly-rated German driver returned to Force India at the end of the 2013 season during which he regularly scored points for the Swiss-based team.

But with several changes to the regulations that govern aerodynamics, engine specifications and drive-train, Hulkenberg admitted that it is hard to predict what exactly will happen during the year.

"I hope that we have a competitive car and that I can deliver good results, just like I did at the end of 2013," Hulkenberg said on Wednesday.

"But it's really hard to define and set the targets with so many question marks in the game.

"It's exciting times, but there's not so much I can say at the moment. I think everybody is a bit in the dark in terms of how the car is going to behave, what it's going to be like, and also the driving sensation for us in the car. There are quite a few question marks still there and I think we can't really give you all the answers until we've been out on the track running.

"I think it could be an opportunity, but it works in both directions, because the regulations are really so different," he noted, "A lot has changed, especially on the engine side, so from that point of view it's impossible to predict anything. I'm sure there's an opportunity to do something special, but there's also an opportunity to make a mistake and to go the wrong way. We won't know until after the first couple of races.

"Obviously we want to do well, we want to score a lot of points and I think maximising our package and our performance is the main target for now. I'm sure that [reliability] could play a role at some point. For now everybody has to master the challenge and focus on reliability and make sure they tick the box. We're all in the same boat there, the manufacturers and all the teams."

Ahead of the first pre-season test in Jerez, some drivers have noted that in simulations, the new F1 cars requires a change in driving style, but Hulkenberg believes he is able to adapt to any new situation.

"I think you need to be able to adjust to the required circumstances and adjust your driving style, [but] it's not easy and it will be a big challenge for everyone involved," he added.

"The drivers have to deal with fuel management and everything else as well, but I think that's exciting. Going into the season I've never been in a situation like this in F1 where we know so little about what to expect and what's coming."

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