Force India pair confident of progression

By on Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India duo Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are confident that they can make progress in the Singapore Grand Prix after both drivers were eliminated during the second knockout session in qualifying.

Hulkenberg was 13th quickest, while Perez was beaten by compatriot Esteban Gutierrez and will start from 15th position.

"I was hoping to be a bit more competitive and squeeze into the top 10," said Hulkenberg.

"As it turned out, a place in Q3 was a few tenths away, but my lap was pretty good. I feel quite positive about the race because I have a free choice on tyres for the start and Singapore is always a long and eventful race."

"We headed out early in Q2 to try and get a clean out lap and prepare the tyres, but obviously we knew this would give away something in terms of performance with the track evolution," added Perez.

"Even with these choices, we weren't able to make the progress we wanted. Looking at the race we know that overtaking on this circuit is quite difficult, but with a good start and a strong strategy we can make up some places.

"This track is very harsh in terms of tyre degradation and I expect it to play a big part tomorrow. It will be a battle to get some good points, but on a track like this everything is possible."

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