Hulkenberg not satisfied
But Di Resta pleased with how 2012 is going
By William Esler. Last Updated: 24/07/12 2:50pm
Nico Hulkenberg admits he would like to be higher up in the Drivers' standings at the halfway point of the season, given the performance the Force India car has had in 2012.
The German is currently 15th in the Championship, 135 points behind leader Fernando Alonso and eight points behind team-mate Paul di Resta.
The 24-year-old, who is only in his second full season in Formula 1, feels he has been unlucky during the first 10 races, but is confident of stronger results in the second half of 2012.
"To be honest, I would have hoped for a few more points than I actually have," Hulkenberg said.
"There were some races where I had some bad luck, which cost me points, especially in Australia where I had a collision on lap one and in Bahrain with a clutch issue at the start. But on the other hand, I am happy with the improvement in performance from both the car and myself.
"We are regular top ten runners and I hope that we will move a little further up the grid in the second half of the season."
Hulkenberg's fifth in Valencia is the team's best result of the season, whilst Di Resta's sixth in Bahrain was his biggest points haul of 2012.
Despite failing to break into the top five, Di Resta is pleased with how the season is going, and is sure that the VJM-05 is a much better car than the 2011 challenger.
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"As a team we have to be pleased with the start we've had to the year," the Scottish driver said.
"We've had some strong races and scored more points compared to the same time last year. We seem to have one of the more consistent cars in terms of performance and I think traditionally we've been a team that gets stronger as the year progresses.
"With ten races still to go there are a lot of points on offer and a long way to go in the championship."