UPBEAT: Nico Hulkenberg signs autographs for fans
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg said he was looking forward to getting back on the Sepang track after a positive start to 2015 in Melbourne.
“I am really looking forward to getting back to action in Sepang. We knew the VJM08’s reliability was one of our strong points and were able to play that card well.
“We didn’t make any mistakes and had a good strategy; that helped us capitalise when others ran into trouble. We need to keep our feet on the ground because the next races will be tough,” Hulkenberg, who came seventh in Australia, said.
Hulkenberg said he also believes the circuit at Sepang will pose a different challenge than the one in Melbourne.
“The track in Sepang is quite challenging and is very different. The various sectors have unique characteristics: there is a nice variation of high and low-speed corners and two very long straights.
“You need to balance your set-up between top speed and downforce to make the most of your car in each of them. The high temperatures and humidity add to the challenges of this track, and you always have a threat of rain, especially at the start of the race,” the German said.
Teammate Sergio Perez, who clinched 10th spot in the last race, said it feels special coming back to the place where he had a podium finish in 2012.
“Malaysia is a very special place for me. It is where I got my first podium in Formula One in one of the best races of my career in 2012, so I will always have happy memories about this circuit. The track is interesting and the three sectors have their own character.
“The track is physical but it has some very technical parts as well. You also have some very long straights at the end of the lap that offer a lot of opportunities for overtaking,” said Perez.