Hulkenberg hit by track limits rule

By on Saturday, June 21, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg reckons he can still finish strongly at the Austrian Grand Prix despite losing his best lap time in Q3 for exceeding track limits.

Hulkenberg was one of several drivers to run wide at the penultimate corner during qualifying, with stewards having warned drivers prior to the session that their time would be deleted if they ran across the white line.

"I felt pretty good through all of qualifying and was building up my speed nicely for Q3," he said.

"It’s a shame my lap in Q3 was disallowed, but it’s difficult when you’re pushing so hard and I obviously ran a little bit wide. At the end of the day losing the lap only changed the result by a few positions so I’m still in good shape for the race.

"It’s been a long time since Formula One was last here so there are a lot of unanswered questions going into the race. We don’t know how the different strategies will unfold, or how the tyres will behave, but I think we’ve shown recently that we have a very strong race car. Points will be the goal tomorrow."

Sergio Perez qualified in 11th but will start from 16th following his five place grid penalty for colliding with Felipe Massa in Canada.

"This is a very tricky circuit and we struggled to get the tyres working at their best, but I don’t think that will be so much of an issue tomorrow," he said.

"It will be a very challenging race and starting five places back from where we qualified won't be easy, but we need to look ahead and see what can be done to improve our position tomorrow. The first lap will be important and strategy will be crucial to get a good result because overtaking looks to be difficult around here. We have a lot of tyres available for the race so we should try and use this to our advantage to move up into the points."

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