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Force India enjoy 'special' qualifying

21 July 2012

Force India were delighted with their outing in qualifying on Saturday, with both drivers breaking into the top ten at Hockenheim.

Nico Hulkenberg qualified a sensational fifth at his home grand prix and will benefit from Mark Webber's grid-drop to start fourth on Sunday. Paul Di Resta also broke into the top-ten and starts ninth.

“I feel very excited because it's always special to qualify well, especially at your home race,” said Hulkenberg. “It was a session that had a bit of everything because we ran on slicks, intermediates and wets. I think the most tricky conditions came during Q3 when I even aquaplaned off the track during my out lap and went into the gravel. Fortunately I was lucky and able to continue, but there was very little grip on the track.

“When you start high up you naturally want to finish high up as well and I hope we can have strong race. It will probably be dry tomorrow and there are a lot of quick cars. I'll need to think carefully to make the strategy work.”

Di Resta was similarly pleased and wants to move forward during Sunday's race:

“It was a very difficult session and the rain didn't make life easy for anybody because there was so much aquaplaning on the back straight with two or three big puddles,” said the Scot.

“Towards the end of Q3 I was getting ready for my final run but the traffic didn't really work out for me and I struggled to get the lap when it really counted. Still, we made it into the top ten so I'm happy, but you always want to be a bit further up the grid.

“We think it will be dry tomorrow so it was important to get lots of running during final practice this morning to build up a feel for the car in the dry. We are definitely in a good position to score points tomorrow and I'm ready to fight and move forward in the race.”

by Dan Connor


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