Hulkenberg: I think we can be proud of the results we achieved together
22 November, 2012
Nov.22 (GP247) Nico Hulkenberg will be donning his Force India race suit for the last time when he competes in the Brazilian Grand Prix, the final round of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship season, before heading off to the Sauber team next year.
Hulkenberg has spent two years with Force India, the first in 2011 as a reserve driver before being promoted to the race seat for this season. The German has grabbed the opportunity to enhance his reputations as one of the young drivers with a big future in the sport despite not having the financial clout to buy his way into teams.
Ahead of the weekend in Sao Paulo, Hulkenberg said of his two years with the team, “First of all I want to thank everyone for believing in me and giving me the chance to return to F1 this year as a race driver. I’ve learned a lot during the last two seasons, even as a third driver, and the time has flown by very quickly. It’s a great team of people; they’re fun to work with.”
At the start of the season Hulkenberg struggled to match his highly rated teammate Paul di Resta, but as the season evolved so did the German and has for some time now outshone the Scot.
“I think we can be proud of the results we achieved together. That’s why it was not an easy decision to leave, but I’m happy to be leaving with good memories. The task now is to end the year in style with a great result,” affirmed the 25 year old German from Emmerich am Rhein.
He added, “It has been very positive. We had some good results in the first half too, but I think we found our consistency after the summer break. I think some of my best races were Japan and Korea where we didn’t necessarily expect to do so well. To score points there was very satisfying. Also, races such as Austin, where I was under so much pressure towards the end are the moments I will remember from the second part of the year. These were races where we maximised everything.”
Hulkenberg has scored more than half of Force India’s points this season and he goes to Interlagos knowing that back in 2010 he took a sensational pole position when driving for Williams.
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