The qualifying session he painted a disappointment for Force India after problems that left Sergio Perez out of the game at the first change, but it all took a turn with the shower prior to the Q3. The conditions of the track played in favour of a Nico Hülkenberg very fast that it grazed the pole position at a track that was drying out gradually.
Hülkenberg finally finished in third place with a 1:09.285, to something more than a second time of Lewis Hamilton as the best driver outside of Mercedes AMG. The penalty to Nico Rosberg for changing the gearbox gives the second position, that implies second presence in the first row of his career and his best starting position in Force India. The German pilot noted that the conditions were similar to those that gave him his pole position 6 years ago, and that he hopes to get a good result tomorrow, with the elusive podium as goal.
“I Am very happy and satisfied with our performance. The track drying up today reminded me of my pole position in Brazil 2010, and I have to say that I love those tricky conditions. You don’t know where is the grip, you have to take some risks, and you have to put the dry tyres at just the right moment, that is what we have done today”.
“it Has been a super effort by the whole team, and puts us in a great position for the race. there Will be many fast cars near us, but my car gives a good feeling, and we’ve been strong here in all the sessions, so that we can get many points”.
For his part, Sergio Perez was the cross of the currency. The mexican driver suffered a failed on a rear suspension when passing over one of the problematic speed bumps the Red Bull Ring in the final minutes of Q1. His time was enough to gain access to Q2, where he could not take part, so that will be out in 16th position. Pérez believes that the break has of course a tremendous blow for what he expected, but he is confident in a comeback.
“I feel disappointed by what has happened in qualifying. We found a good balance with the car this morning and we should have gone easy on the Q3. I was on my second attempt during the Q1 when I felt something strange in the rear. I managed to bring the car back to the pits and saw that it was a failure in the suspension, but unfortunately there was not enough time to fix the car, and my session had finished”.
“it Is a great missed opportunity, but I will not yield because I know we can catch up tomorrow and still be in the fight for the points”.