Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Interlagos, 2012

New cars will be harder to handle – Hulkenberg

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Interlagos, 2012Nico Hulkenberg says it won’t be easy for drivers to handle the new generation of cars.

A significant cut in downforce is expected this year and smaller-capacity turbo engines will give more abrupt power delivery which will require drivers to alter their technique.

“I think you need to be able to adjust to the required circumstances and adjust your driving style,” said Hulkenberg. “It’s not easy and it will be a big challenge for everyone involved.”

On top of that drivers will also have to ensure they stay within the new limit of 100kg of fuel per race.

“The drivers have to deal with fuel management and everything else as well, but I think that?s exciting. Going into the season I’ve never been in a situation like this in Formula One where we know so little about what to expect and what’s coming.”

Hulkenberg stressed drivers have much to learn about the new cars between the start of testing next week and the beginning of the season in Australia on March 16th.

“It’s exciting times, but there’s not so much I can say at the moment ?ǣ I think everybody is a bit in the dark in terms of how the car is going to behave, what it’s going to be like, and also the driving sensation for us in the car.

“There are quite a few question marks still there and I think we can’t really give you all the answers until we’ve been out on the track running.??

He believes the change in rules is both an opportunity and a threat as far as smaller teams like Force India are concerned:

“I think it could be an opportunity, but it works in both directions, because the regulations are really so different. A lot has changed, especially on the engine side, so from that point of view it’s impossible to predict anything.

“I’m sure there’s an opportunity to do something special, but there’s also an opportunity to make a mistake and to go the wrong way. We won’t know until after the first couple of races.”

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