In an interview with the media after the race this afternoon, Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg was disappointed when his Belgian GP came to an end before it had even begun.
The Force India driver had hoped for a strong showing at Spa on Sunday but it all came to naught before the lights even went out.
His VJM08 lost power on the formation lap and although he took his place on the grid, his car was soon being pushed back into the pits by the marshals.
In an interview with the media this afternoon, Hulkenberg is disappointed not to have raced today but understands that these things happen. He goes on to explain further that he suffered a loss of power and the team did their best to fix the problem but it didn’t work. Hulkenberg stated the following:-
‘It’s disappointing to finish your race before it’s even started, but sometimes these things happen in racing. On the way to the grid I just felt a loss of power. We tried to understand and fix the problem on the grid, but it came back during the formation lap.
‘There were a few moments when the power returned, but it disappeared again just before the start and I had to retire.’
You can understand why Hulkenberg is disappointed not to have raced today, but there was nothing that he nor the Force India could have done to fix the power issue they encountered. It is a shame for them especially given what his team mate Sergio Perez has achieved this weekend and Hulkenberg showed a lot of promise over the weekend as well.
Hulkenberg’s disappointment was compounded by the fact that Force India had a good car at Spa, which allowed his team-mate Sergio Perez to claim fifth place. Further on in his interview, Hulkenberg believes that this weekend saw them being competitive and could have scored points as a result. Hulkenberg added the following:-
‘It’s a real shame because the car has been very quick this weekend and we had a good opportunity to score some important points.’
Overall, I’d have to agree with Hulkenberg and I feel that if he could have raced today, he certainly would have been battling for points. This weekend, Hulkenberg has shown that he had the pace and was very unlucky with what happened in qualifying and also in the race as well. But all Hulkenberg can do is just use the data and the performances he had shown over the weekend to good use in Monza in a few weeks time and I hope that is the case for him as he deserves it.