Nico Hulkenberg says that qualifying in third place for the Italian Grand Prix is a nice surprise for everyone at Sauber.
The team has scored just seven points all season – courtesy of Hulkenberg – with a best finish of eighth in Malaysia.
“I am happy,” said Hulkenberg.
“This was a nice surprise for all of us. I didn’t expect that after a very difficult Friday. Yesterday we struggled a lot with the car and the guys have done a fantastic job turning it around to give me such a competitive car today. It is a highlight for the whole team. Such a result will lift our spirits. During qualifying the car just got better and better and the track improved as well.”
“We made the right decision to go for one timed lap in Q3 and then this happened. I hope the long run pace is good tomorrow. A big thank you to the whole team and everyone in Hinwil, who have been working hard and have never given up in this difficult year.”