Hulkenberg: The first four races have been quite tough to be honest

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India F1 VJM05. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday 21 April 2012.

Nico Hulkenberg in the cockpit of the Force India VJM05

May 10 (GP247) After a year on the sidelines as a reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg returned to Formula One, with Force India at the start of this season, but it has not been plain sailing for the highly rated German who admits that he is having a tough return to the pinnacle of motor sport.

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India F1 VJM05. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 22 April 2012.

Nico versus Bruno Senna in Bahrain

At the end of 2010 Nico Hulkenberg was axed from the Williams team despite scoring his maiden pole position at the season’s last race in Brazil. In 2011 the 24 year old was signed as Force India reserve. The Vijay Mallya owned team showed faith in Hulkenberg and promoted him to race driver for 2012.

Teammate Paul Di Resta has outshone Hulkenberg in the first four races, and he admits, “Well, the first four races have been quite tough to be honest. I would have liked to take more than two points out of the first four races. We have been quite unfortunate in some races, such as Melbourne, where we had a first-corner incident and there was very little I could do and then a clutch failure in Bahrain. These were two races where we potentially could have finished in the points.”

But it is still early days in a very long season and Hulkenberg remains positive, “I’m looking forward, I’m bedding in well with the team. I think the team is doing a good job in putting everything together and if we get a bit more luck then I think it will be good.”

Hulkenberg, who has two points thanks to ninth place in Malaysia, is also hoping the team takes a step forward with their upgrades for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

“We bring some new parts, probably like every other team, here and we have to wait and see where the new parts put us but obviously we’re hoping it’s a step forward. I think it is a step forward but just how big a step we’ll see over the next two days,” said Hulkenberg.