Formula 1 arrives in Hungary this weekend for the Hungarian Grand Prix, and the Sahara Force India team will be looking to score points for the eleventh race out of eleven in 2014. Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez have both impressed so far this season, and both came away with points last weekend in Germany.
It has been a good season so far for Hulkenberg, who has finished in the points in every race of 2014. He feels it is his best season to date in Formula 1. He believes the Hungaroring is one of the most challenging tracks of the year on the F1 calendar, and knows how difficult it is to overtake due to the tight and twisty nature of the circuit.
“So far it’s been a great season – my best year in Formula One and the best year for the team too,” said Hulkenberg. “The car has worked well on every kind of track so if we keep working as we are I think we can have a strong second half of the year as well. There are still some developments to come, mainly on the aero side, so that will help us stay competitive.
“The circuit is challenging and leaves little room for mistakes. The second sector has several corners that are all connected, so you need to hook them all up to be quick. If you run wide on one corner you can lose the flow of the lap. Overtaking is difficult too, even with the DRS. There is one straight, but its not that long.
“It’s a good event with a nice atmosphere and lots of fans. I love the city of Budapest with the beautiful buildings and old architecture so it’s nice to explore a bit. The weather is always hot, which usually helps us and our car has worked well on tracks with slow corners so that’s a good sign.”
Team-mate Perez is hungry to score a good haul of points in Hungary after scoring only one point in the past two races at Silverstone and Hockenheim. He understands the importance on getting the set-up right, as the lap is very technical and demanding on both the car and the tyres.
“Hungary is definitely a great event and it’s usually one of the hottest races of the year,” said Perez. “I was a bit disappointed after Silverstone and Hockenheim because things did not really work out for me in the races. So it’s important to score some good points before the summer break. It’s the last race before the summer break so you always want to do well so that you can enjoy the break, otherwise it can feel very long.
“It’s a really interesting circuit and you have to think very carefully about the way you set your car up. It’s a very technical lap and you have to consider the weaknesses of your car and set it up around them. It’s also very demanding on the tyres because you are always in a corner. The hot weather will make that even more challenging.”