Hulkenberg pleased but wary of McLaren threat

By on Saturday, October 5, 2013
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Nico Hulkenberg says he is pleased after qualifying in eighth place for the Korean Grand Prix.

The Sauber driver made it through to the final part of qualifying and will move up one place on the grid following Mark Webber's penalty.

Hulkenberg is nonetheless wary of the threat posed by the McLaren drivers, who start from tenth and eleventh on the grid.

"Today went really well. Q1 and Q2 were like clockwork and my lap in Q3 was good too, but somehow it was more difficult, I was four tenths down on my Q2 time and the grip was not the same as in the previous session," he said.

"To start P7 tomorrow is very positive and we can look forward to the race. The car felt good during the long runs yesterday, and I feel confident we are able to hold our position tomorrow. It is so much fun driving here, however, we mustn’t forget the cars in front of us are strong and also we have the McLarens behind us."

Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez will start from eighth place: his best grid slot in Formula 1.

"The communication was very good today, a big thank you to the entire team," said Gutierrez.

"I’ve improved my qualifying and once you have both cars working on a similar level you can push yourself a lot more. This is the first time I have driven here, so it is great to achieve a result like that."

"It is now the second time in a row I have been able to put in a good qualifying performance and that is a good feeling, because I have worked a lot to improve. The race will be interesting. The track temperature changed in Q3 and I had a bit of an issue with the balance of the car, and the front grip. Tomorrow will be similar to today, so we need to consider that in order to have a consistent race."

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