Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez to start at 11th, 13th in Hungarian GP
Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will start at 11th and 13th places respectively in tomorrow's Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix after they finished qualifying in the same positions at the Hungaroring here Saturday.
Budapest: Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will start at 11th and 13th places respectively in tomorrow's Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix after they finished qualifying in the same positions at the Hungaroring here Saturday.
Germany's Hulkenberg clocked one minute, 23.826 seconds while Mexican teammate Perez timed 1:24.461 in Q2, failing to reach Q3 on the 4.3 km circuit.
"It's been quite a difficult weekend for the team but I have to give credit to the way they have handled the situation and fixed it. The main penalty of yesterday was losing the track time and maybe with more set-up time we would have been able to make it through to Q3 today," said the German.
"The other key factor in qualifying was the red flag which caught me out because I was on my first quick lap and had to abort it. So I only had one lap to get the job done and I just missed out by two hundredths of a second. Despite the limited track time, I feel quite happy and confident in the car and we can perform well. Points are still an achievable target."
Perez said: "It hasn't been the easiest of weekends so far. I was very optimistic on Friday before the accident but what happened has affected us quite a lot. We have lost some of the new upgrades that we had brought to the race - parts that were working really well and were making a big difference.
"When we got back out on track this morning, I wasn't particularly happy with the aero balance of the car which has been quite unpredictable. Hopefully, looking at the data tonight will help us figure out a way to fix it ahead of the race. Despite these challenges, I am still optimistic we can have a good race and fight our way into the points."
Series leader and defending two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and main title rival Nico Rosberg in today's final free practice.