Hulkenberg achieves maximum in tricky qualifying

By on Saturday, November 16, 2013
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Nico Hulkenberg believes he extracted the maximum from the Sauber C32 during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg set the fourth fastest time in the final segment of the session.

"I have felt comfortable with the car over the whole weekend, but it was a different story in Q1 and Q2, as the wind picked up compared to FP3 this morning," he said.

"It was a tail wind out of turn one and, therefore, also sector one and a bit in sector two. It was tricky, because our car is pretty sensitive to wind. But we made a few changes to it and put it all together in Q3. I think this was the maximum today for us and I am happy with my lap. P4 is a good position to start the race from tomorrow."

Esteban Gutierrez made it through to Q3 to ensure that both of the Swiss cars will start from the top 10.

"Overall it was a good qualifying," he said.

"With the change of wind it was tricky to decide on how to warm up the tyres in order to get the most out of them. We discussed several strategies, but at the end we decided to do one out lap and then push. It was pretty challenging and it was not an optimal lap, but getting into Q3 is a good thing, especially here in Austin."

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