Tough day for Force India

By on Saturday, October 6, 2012

Photo Credit: Sahara Force India

The Force India team endured a difficult day in Japan as both cars will start from outside of the top ten.

At a circuit where the team has usually struggled, Nico Hulkenberg qualified tenth but will drop to fifteenth after picking up a penalty for a gearbox change.

His mechanics also repaired his car just in time for Q1, with the German having crashed on the exit of Degner 2 in final practice.

"It was not a big impact, but the angle was unfortunate and there was quite a lot to fix – so all credit to the boys who got me out with enough time to set a time in Q1", said the German.

"The car felt good straight away and we made it through to Q3, which was always the target. We then took a strategic decision to save tyres so I didn’t set a time. That opens up the strategy for tomorrow, especially because we knew I would get a five-place grid penalty for changing the gearbox. There’s still a chance to get points tomorrow if we can make our strategy work."

Paul di Resta managed twelfth but was compromised in Q2.

"It was quite a tough session with traffic today and even on my quick lap in Q2 I was slightly compromised in the second sector. I locked a wheel and it may only have cost half a tenth, but that’s how close the margin was to the top ten", he said.

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