Hulkenberg hoped for earlier rain storm

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg says that Force India may have progressed through to the top 10 shootout for the Malaysian Grand Prix had the rain arrived sooner, but acknowledged that their Q3 prospects were slim.

Hulkenberg set the 13th quickest time as rain deluged the Sepang circuit during the early stages of Q2, shortly after the drivers had managed to post a time on the slick tyres.

"Maybe it would have been better for us if the rain had arrived five minutes earlier and Q2 was completely wet because everybody was able to complete a lap on slicks when the track was quite dry, said Hulkenberg.

"It was only on the in-lap that the skies really opened. As it happens I think it would have been very difficult to reach Q3 anyway.

"The race tomorrow will be tough, especially managing the tyres in the high temperatures. There is always the chance of more rain and that’s when you have to adapt quickly because it’s all about being on the right tyre at the right moment. Whatever happens we will try our best to come away with some points."

Team-mate Sergio Perez will line up one position behind Hulkenberg.

"I was the last car out on track in Q2 and that compromised my lap on the mediums - our strategy was the right one but we were just a bit late in going out and by the time I got to sectors two and three the track was starting to get wet," explained the Mexican, who claimed his first podium at the circuit in 2012.

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