The classification is disputed this morning in Sepang has had the particularity to separate consistently to the teams. With the exception of McLaren and Renault, others have aligned in pairs along the starting grid for tomorrow. Being a goal almost unattainable the give chase to the top three teams (Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari), the fourth row has been the exclusive property of Force India.
despite being slower in the first two sessions, Sergio Perez managed to finish Q3 as the fastest in the team of Vijay Mallya. The mexican driver ended with a time of 1:34.319, less than a second and a half of the pole of Lewis Hamilton. He highlighted the intensity of the session and that could have been left out of the Q3, although in general lines, described the rating as excellent.
“I’m very happy with our performance. Run a session of perfect classification was very important, and I think that is what we have done, . It has been a tremendous effort from the whole team. The whole classification has been very intense, because you could see how evenly matched were the lap times between all the cars, and I had to maximize every lap”.
“I’ve had a small mistake in my last attempt in Q2, which could have cost me a place in Q3, but luckily I managed to pass. The result today means that we are in a great position to fight for points tomorrow.”
On the other side of the garage, Nico Hülkenberg it was nearly two-tenths of the time Perez, but his 1:34.489 was enough to beat by 29 thousandths of its main rival, the McLaren of Jenson Button. The German pilot failed to take advantage of a possible change in temperature on the track, but he stressed that the end result is the best possible for the team, and hopes to be able to win some position tomorrow
“I’m quite satisfied with how it has gone today and with my starting position. Given that the three best teams have filled the first three rows, seventh and eighth is the best result that we could get. In the end, my back has not been good enough to be seventh: at the beginning of the session I felt a little more comfortable and had better pace, but it was a little bit in Q3. Maybe the track cooled, is one of the possibilities that we will try to understand this night.”
“Even so, the eighth is a good position to start the race. It’s going to be very matched behind the leaders, I hope that we can follow the cars in front and take advantage of the opportunity if something happens. Our priority is to stay within the points, and maximize what we can pull out of this race”.