Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg says he is pleased to have qualified inside the top ten for the first time this season.
Hulkenberg made it through to Q3 but opted not to set a time.
“I think it was a good and successful qualifying. If someone had told us before qualifying that we are going to finish P10, I would have not believed it,” he said.
“As we did not try to set a lap time in Q3, maybe there would have been more on the table. It was a good effort, a good lap in Q2. The updates the team has brought to the track worked pretty well and everything went smoothly for us in qualifying”.
“I was reasonably happy with the balance of the car, so I look forward to tomorrow. We’ve done everything right with our approach in Q3 not to run and instead save our tyres, which now gives us the free choice of tyres to start with, which can be an advantage. Now we have got to make the right choice.”
Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez qualified only eighteenth.
“It’s quite a disappointing qualifying result. It was very challenging to put a first quick lap together with only one chance. It is very critical and I was trying to push a little too hard and ended up making a small mistake,” said the Mexican.