The Sahara Force India Formula One Team had a straight forward qualifying session at the Sochi circuit as Sergio Perez will start his 100th Grand Prix from ninth place on the grid just ahead of reigning Lewis Hamilton who starts from 10th.
The Mexican set a fastest time in Q3 of 1m 37.212s and is in a prime position to score some valuable points for the Silverstone based outfit.
Speaking following the session, Checo commented by saying:
I am very pleased with our performance today and my final lap in Q3 was fantastic – just when it mattered. We were strong in Q1 and Q2; I was feeling very comfortable in the car and I was able to deliver great laps in each of the sessions. We are making good progress as a team and our pace over one lap is very strong: it will be interesting to see how we perform tomorrow because we have a fast car behind us and it will be a big challenge to hold our position. This is not a track that helps overtaking so there should be some nice battles. We have enough tyres to choose the best strategy tomorrow and I am optimistic we can come away with a nice result.
Nico ‘Hulk’ Hulkenberg will start his 100th Grand Prix from 13th place on the grid after setting a Q2 time of 1m 37.771s and will start the race between the McLaren Honda’s of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, speaking following the session Hulk commented by saying:
It was a fairly straightforward qualifying session, but not with the outcome I wanted. I’ve not felt comfortable since I jumped in the car yesterday and it’s been a struggle to find the grip and performance we were expecting. We changed a lot of parts overnight and before qualifying, but it didn’t take us in the direction we needed. Obviously we can’t change the car ahead of the race so I think it’s going to be a tough Sunday considering how close things are in the middle of the grid.
Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer commented by saying:
It’s great to see us continue our run of top ten qualifying results with Checo putting in a great lap when it mattered in Q3. We expect him to move up a position with Vettel taking a penalty, so he should line up sixth on the grid. It’s another example of the inherent speed we have in this car and hopefully we can deliver similar race pace tomorrow. Nico’s session was relatively uneventful, but he felt the car was sliding underneath him and that showed in his final qualifying position. There’s still a long race ahead of us and anything can happen tomorrow, but we have our eyes firmly set on scoring some good points with both cars.