Nico Hulkenberg described his effort during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as a ‘perfect lap’.
Hulkenberg will start the race from sixth place on the grid in his Sauber C32.
“It was a perfect lap and I could really get the maximum out of the car,” he said.
“Overtaking won’t be easy on this track. There are the two DRS zones, and in the past there have been a few overtaking manoeuvres, but I think we have a good top-speed. We were able to be in the top 10 all weekend and I am confident this will continue to be the case tomorrow as well.”
Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez had a less fruitful time as he was eliminated in Q1.
“It’s very disappointing to start P17, because our pace is really good,” he said.
“We were on a push, pull, push strategy and ran out of time for the second push. The call was tricky, as on the first lap I ran into traffic and for the second push we ran out of time, so I didn’t get the chance to set a lap. It was clearly a mistake, and we were only missing a few seconds.”