Nico Hulkenberg feels he "won about four seconds" on his final qualifying lap as he took fourth on the grid for the British Grand Prix.

Despite the track still being damp in places, the final sector was much more dry than on the first runs at the start of Q3 and Hulkenberg took provisional pole before dropping down as other drivers completed their laps. However, Hulkenberg admitted he had almost returned to the pits himself having felt like he was losing time throughout the first half of the lap.

"To begin with it was nowhere and I thought almost of aborting it because it felt really bad," Hulkenberg said. "Obviously I was the first car out and with the track still being at its dampest of Q3, but as I progressed the lap it went better and better - especially in the final sector where before I lost a lot of time due to rain I thought I won about four seconds so that made up for it."

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Having been pleased with his final lap, Hulkenberg said just safely negotiating the session itself was a success.

"Obviously it was a very tricky and challenging session with the changes in weather, the unpredictable showers when it comes - not being visible on the radar - then the changes in the track being damp, dry; the track went so quickly from being wet to dry to damp it was unbelievable. Adjusting the right things was a big challenge but also a good challenge. Not a straightforward dry session where everything goes to plan, this is a bit more hot."

And Hulkenberg is confident that Force India will be more competitive in the race than Friday practice suggested providing the wind is not too strong.

"Yeah I think yesterday was very difficult. It was not really representative. If the wind is not as it was yesterday; we seemed to suffer a lot in the windy conditions. Today it was a lot less. Hopefully it will be the same tomorrow - not so windy - and I think we will have better pace for sure than what we have seen yesterday."