Ahead of a crucial weekend in Malaysia, Nico Hulkenberg talked to the Media on various points of Formula 1. Nico talked about the development race, and doesn't expect the 'extra power' of Mercedes to last longer, and also highlighted that Sepang will offer different viewpoint of the pecking order as compared to the one that we witnessed in Melbourne.
When asked about the Team's approach to Sepang, Hulkenberg pointed out that it's going to be the same as in two weeks before.
"Trying to build it, trying to improve it. Very different characteristics, very different temperature conditions. So, we have to see as to how it behaves, as we have the harder compounds, and we have to see how we get on with them. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same as in two weeks before." - Nico Hulkenberg
Nico also stated that Force India had a promising weekend at Melbourne, despite claiming that they didn't have pace after the race.
"I think there were areas where we could improve, but I think afterall in the bottomline, we got what we could, and we had a promising weekend, and we're happy with it." - Nico Hulkenberg
When asked about his thoughts on the pecking order, Hulkenberg states that Force India has a vague idea of where everyone stands at the moment.
"I personally expected them (Mercedes) to be strong, but we got idea an where we are, and where others are, think we just need to keep on working hard, keep developing. I think we're in a good position, and there's room for development with the car, and with a good static point, we just need to build on." - Nico Hulkenberg
Asked if reliability is a concern at Malaysia, as Melbourne didn't possess major challenge to the teams, Hulkenberg says that it's one of those things which can't be speculated.
"Not Necessarily, It's one of those things which is hard to speculate. So I just don't know." - Nico Hulkenberg
And to conclude, Nico was asked about the extra power from the Mercedes Engines, and if it would benefit the Mercedes teams, Hulkenberg is wary of the development race in Formula 1.
"Yes, At this point it's a development race, and that might change. All the manufacturers are developing hard, and no one stands still in Formula 1, and things change. " - Nico Hulkenberg