Nico Hulkenberg is hoping the form he showed during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend two weeks ago continues this weekend at Silverstone, where he will have his first taste of the b-specification Sahara Force India VJM08.
The German driver took sixth place in Austria, and was satisfied to have such a competitive weekend, but is hopeful the b-spec car is another step forward for both himself and the team.
“I’m really looking forward to Silverstone – the team’s home race,” insisted Hulkenberg. “We go there with a lot of momentum following the strong performance in Austria where we really maximised everything.
“The circuit suited us, of course, but the field was really close and it was up to us to get a good result, which we did. Finishing sixth was probably the maximum we could get from the race and to come away with a good bunch of points was very satisfying.
“I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the upgraded VJM08 at Silverstone, which will give us the first impression of what we can expect in the second half of the season.”
Hulkenberg has joined in the chorus praising Silverstone, insisting it deserves its reputation as being one of the best races on the calendar due to the fans that flock to the circuit each year.
“Silverstone is one of the best races on the calendar,” said Hulkenberg. “The fans are great and it’s hard to find an empty seat anywhere. The atmosphere is buzzing and that always gives me an extra boost.
“As a circuit, Silverstone gives you a great feeling when you’re driving, especially in the fast corners: to get a good lap together on such a difficult track is an amazing feeling.”