Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was pleased to qualify in sixth place for the Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming overnight changes made him ‘much happier with the feel of the car.’
Hulkenberg has always thrived at Interlagos circuit. The German stuck his Williams on pole position during his debut season in 2010 and was fighting for race win two years later, until a crash with Lewis Hamilton - and the subsequent penalty - dropped him to fifth.
And 2015 proves to be no different for Hulkenberg with 28 year old claiming a third row spot on a day his teammate Sergio Perez was knocked out in Q2.
“I’m very happy with the qualifying result,’’ he said. “The car felt great today and I was really happy with each of my laps in all the sessions.
“We made some important changes to the car last night and found a positive direction, which really paid off this morning because I was much happier with the feel of the car.”
Hulkenberg has set his sights on a top-five finish, conceding that beating Ferrari and Mercedes will be a tall order come Sunday. He will move up one place from his original grid spot following a penalty for Valtteri Bottas.
“With the penalty for Valtteri [Bottas], it means I will start from fifth place with just the Mercedes and Ferraris ahead of me, so that’s a fantastic effort by the team.
“At the very least we want to hold position in the race and bring home the result because there are some quick cars behind us who will try and make things difficult. I’m feeling confident for tomorrow and looking forward to a fun race.”
by Rachit Thukral