Melbourne: Last season Nico Hülkenberg was racing in the Australian GP, but this year his participation is as the third driver for Force India and thus he's only taking part in the first Friday session. Nico completed 20 laps in the car before handing it back to Paul di Resta for the rest of the weekend. We asked for his thoughts on his session – and how it feels to have to hand the car back.
Q: After racing last year is it strange to do the first session and then get out of the car?
Hulkenberg: Of course it’s strange, but I had time to get used to that thought! That is what it is, I’m afraid. I’ll stay around now, sit back, relax, and watch it from the outside.
Q: What did you learn in that session?
Hulkenberg: We learned quite a bit. Obviously the car is quite different to Barcelona (pre-season tests) again. On a dirty track with the hard tyre it was pretty low grip to begin with. With the KERS and so on there’s a lot going on in the beginning, but then you get used to it as you go along.