Hulkenberg targets points in ‘century’ race

Nico Hulkenberg will line up for his 100th Grand Prix next Sunday in Russia, the German driver actually sharing the century mark of races with team mate Sergio Perez.

Force India is still looking to rediscover the form it enjoyed at the end of last season, and Sochi may just be the right place to ramp up its performance with the team achieving a podium there last year.

“I can’t believe this weekend is going to be my 100th race weekend in Formula 1. Where has the time gone? It’s a nice achievement and hopefully I can get a result to make it a weekend to remember.

“The goal is to get some more points on the board in Russia. The last two races have been frustrating for different reasons and I don’t think we’ve shown our full potential yet.

Indeed, Hulk scored points in the opening round in Australia, but the following two rounds were fruitless.

“In China I really struggled with tyre degradation, but I don’t think that will be such an issue at Sochi because it’s a much smoother surface.”

“The track in Sochi is an interesting one. It’s a huge site because it’s the Olympic Park and the track has a nice flow.

“The lap is quite long, with lots of similar right-angled corners so that makes it a bit easier to find a set-up that works.

“It’s a big power track with long straights and some big stops, which makes it quite demanding on the brakes.”

Nico Hulkenberg’s best result since he began racing in F1 is a pair of fourth place finishes, while the German also has a single pole position to his credit, achieved in his maiden year with Williams in 2010 in Brazil.

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