Hulkenberg blames late tyre switch for Q2 exit

By on Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sauber F1 Team

Nico Hulkenberg says Sauber missed an opportunity during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg set the eleventh quickest time but believes a place in Q3 was within reach.

"It was a challenging qualifying," he said.

"Q3 would have been possible as I was six tenths away. But we changed too late onto the super softs and only had one timed lap, which was a missed opportunity. However in changing conditions like those here in Monaco we can be happy we managed to stay out of trouble."

The German is nonetheless pleased at having a free choice of tyres for tomorrow's race.

"P11 is just outside the top ten, so we can choose our strategy for tomorrow accordingly, which is quite good."

"I simply have to get the most out of the start, gain one or two spots, and stay out of trouble in the first corner. Then one of the most challenging races lies ahead, but I am looking forward to it, because Monaco has it’s own rules and, in the end, this is why we love it so much here."

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