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2015-06-17 08:15

WELL DONE HULK: Nico Hulkenberg became the first active F1 driver to win Le Mans in 24 years. Will his success aid Force India? Image: AFP / Mal Fairclough

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - Force India is hoping Nico Hulkenberg's triumph at the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours will have a knock-on effect for it at the 2015 Austrian GP on Sunday (June 22).

Hulkenberg won the classic endurance race at his first attempt with Porsche on June 14, having gone straight to the French track from scoring points at the Canadian GP in Montreal.

Now, after a few days of recovery, Hulkenberg will be back in action with his regular employer for Friday (June 19) practice at Spielberg.

'GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT'

Team principal and co-owner Vijay Mallya said: "Nico's performance displayed his immense talent and made all of us at Force India proud. I truly hope he will be boosted by this success and translate it into another great performance in Austria."

Hulkenberg's eighth in Montreal was only his second points finish of the 2015 season. It left Force India seventh overall and level with sixth-placed Sauber. Hulkenberg was ninth in Austria in 2014 but has yet to stand on the F1 podium.

He said winning Le Mans was his greatest achievement. He could not, however, expect such excitement with Force India this weekend with the Mercedes-powered team treading water before introducing a heavily revised car at the 2015 British GP on July 5.

ANOTHER 'POWER CIRCUIT'

Mallya again: "We're still on course to introduce an important step at Silverstone. Meanwhile the team has done well to squeeze more performance from its current package.

"The high-speed layout of Canada certainly played to the strengths of the Mercedes engine and, as Austria is regarded as another 'power' circuit', I would like to think we can be in the top 10 again."

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