Winter has well and truly set in and it seems like a millions years before the new Formula One season gets underway – but for anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms, we’ve got a snippet of news.
Apparently, Nico Hulkenberg believes that understanding the Pirelli tyres in qualifying and race conditions will be key to a strong start on his Formula 1 return with Force India in 2012.
Although the 24-year-old completed almost 2000kms of running for the team in testing and Friday practice during 2012 on the Italian rubber, his last experience of qualifying and racing was for Williams in Abu Dhabi two years ago when Bridgestone was supplying F1 tyres.
Force India will take into account the German’s need to better understand the performance of the Pirelli tyres in qualifying and race conditions during testing as most of his running has been limited to the harder compounds on a green track on Friday mornings.
“It will be tough, but I went through that process last year with Williams as well,” Hulkenberg told AUTOSPORT. “I don’t know exactly how the Pirelli tyres will behave so I will make sure that I get all of the information I need to learn quickly.
“You need to get out there and do the races so that you can learn about them. On a theoretical basis, there is not so much that you can do. You have to drive and learn from it.”
Hulkenberg’s task on his comeback will be made easier by his familiarity with the Silverstone-based team after attending every race in 2011 as reserve driver and running on Fridays on 14 occasions.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team