Monza ‘an opportunity to score important points’ – Hulkenberg


Nico Hulkenberg feels a competitive weekend is on the cards at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the Sahara Force India team as he looks to return to the points after his retirement from the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Hulkenberg is looking to make up for his frustration of retiring before the race at Spa-Francorchamps even got underway last time out this weekend, feeling he missed out on securing a good haul of points due to his car issues.

“When you have a frustrating weekend like the one in Spa, the best cure is to get back behind the wheel and go racing again,” insisted Hulkenberg.

“I know we could have been very competitive in Belgium without the technical issues on race day and we missed an opportunity to score good points.”

Hulkenberg joins the chorus of drivers feeling the Monza circuit is special, and feels the high-speed circuit should suit the VJM08 this weekend, and hopes to be challenging high up inside the top ten during the race on Sunday.

“Monza is special. It’s a high-speed track that pushes the car to the limit: it may look easy but the margin for error when braking for the chicanes is very small and you end up paying heavily for every mistake,” said Hulkenberg.

“It’s a fun and challenging circuit to drive and the atmosphere makes it even better. The fans are very passionate and knowledgeable: the town lives for the race and you have a feeling that you’re in one of the temples of Formula One.

“The layout of the track should allow us to be competitive and it’s an opportunity for us to score important points. I had a very exciting race there in 2013 and I wouldn’t mind a repeat performance.

“We have seen what the VJM08 is capable of in the last few events and I think we will have the chance to compete in the top ten.”