With the 2014 Formula One season beginning to take shape, there have been a few things that lovers of the sport know they can now rely on.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg seem certain for a one-two finish in just about every race, Sebastian Vettel is in the worst slump of his Red Bull career, and of course Force India’s very own Nico Hulkenberg will pick up a points finish.
The German driver has been performing above all expectations this year, and his latest ten point haul at the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend has propelled him into fifth place in the Driver’s Championship.
His fifth placed finish is the best ever for any Force India driver at the world-renowned track, and Hulkenberg picked up the points in style, completing one of the finest overtaking manoeuvres of the current campaign.
Speaking after the race, the 26-year-old driver, who finished fifth for the third time this year, said he was delighted with his performance.
“Ten points today is a great reward after such a difficult race,” he said. “The last twenty laps were really tricky because my supersoft tyres were at the end of their life and it was hard to hold off the cars behind me and stay away from the barriers.
“There were a few close moments when I kissed the wall, but I survived and managed to hold on to fifth place.
“Fortunately my car was quick in the right places – going into the tunnel and also through the final corner.”
Speaking about his favourite moment of the race, he added: “There were some enjoyable moments in the race, especially my move on Magnussen.
“He had to let the Toro Rosso back through and he lost a bit of momentum so I saw my opportunity to stick my nose down the inside of turn eight. On a track like Monaco it gives you a big smile to make the move stick.”
Unfortunately for the Force India team, Hulkenberg’s teammate, Sergio Perez, was clipped on the first lap and forced to retire to leave the Mexican with no points in France.
Drivers and Constructors will now head to North America for their next challenge with the Canadian Grand Prix set to be held on the 8th June.