Force India duo optimistic despite Q2 exit

By on Saturday, May 10, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez reckon they can recover positions in tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix, despite their Q2 elimination.

Hulkenberg qualified in 11th, marginally ahead of team-mate Perez in the sister VJM07.

"My lap was very good and I am pleased with the effort we put in during qualifying," he said.

"We made some steps forward with handling and set-up compared to FP3 this morning, but we still ended up a little bit short of Q3. Considering that we haven't been totally comfortable with the car for most of the weekend, P11 is a very good place to start the race and gives us an extra set of medium tyres compared to the rest of the top ten.

"I expect a very strategic race tomorrow, especially as most of the teams around us seem to be on a similar level when it comes to race pace. It's going to be a challenge for everyone and tyre management will be a key point, but points are within our reach."

Perez echoed Hulkenberg's comments.

"I think we finished qualifying more or less where we expected," he said.

"Maybe a place in Q3 was possible, but I did not manage to complete my final run in Q2 because my preparation lap was not ideal. There was too much traffic and my tyres were not optimised, which is why I chose to abort my final quick lap and save the tyres.

"Coming here we knew this track would be quite a difficult one for us, but we still believe we can be competitive tomorrow. I think the race will be all about getting the strategy choice right because it’s so difficult to overtake on this track. Our race pace is looking promising so we have a chance to get back some positions tomorrow."

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