Hulkenberg sure of recovery after 'difficult' session

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg is sure that he can recover positions despite qualifying a lowly 18th for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.

Hulkenberg's Force India team had expected to be a frontrunner at this weekend's event but wet weather in qualifying scuppered Hulkenberg's progress.

"It was a difficult session in tricky conditions," he said.

"Initially it was looking good; I was on the pace and we chose to stay out on one set of intermediates for the whole session. Maybe that was a factor in missing out on Q2 because my tyres were quite old and worn by the end of the session.

"Q2 should still have been possible, but I made mistakes on my last two laps and out-braked myself going into the final corner, went wide and lost time. For the race tomorrow I believe we can recover because we’ve got a solid car and the long run pace in the dry yesterday looked promising."

Team-mate Sergio Perez also admitted that he struggled with the conditions, although the Mexican racer managed 13th position.

"It was not the easiest day for us,"he said.

"I was struggling in the wet conditions and that was the main issue today. I wanted to be further up but we did not maximise everything. I’m feeling more optimistic for tomorrow and we should have strong race pace."

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