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Force India Chinese GP - Shanghai qualifying report

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Paul di Resta, Sahara Force India
Paul di Resta, Sahara Force India

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2012 Chinese Grand Prix: Qualifying Report

Sahara Force India will start tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix from the eighth row of the grid with Paul Di Resta in P15 just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in P16.

P15 - Paul Di Resta (VJM05/02)
Q1: 1:36.639
Q2: 1:36.317

Paul: “It was a very close qualifying session, especially Q2 where finding a few tenths could have gained us another five places on the grid. My Q2 lap was good and I think I got the maximum from the car, but it only puts me P15, six tenths off the fastest time of the session. I’m still optimistic for the race because the car seems dialled in to the track and we looked strong during the long runs yesterday so I think we can race with the teams ahead of us.”

P16 - Nico Hulkenberg (VJM05/03)
Q1: 1:36.921
Q2: 1:36.745

Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1

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Nico: “It was quite a tough qualifying session for us, but I think the conditions had changed since free practice and I didn’t feel as comfortable with the car. My final lap in Q2 was a little compromised by some traffic coming out of the pits, but I guess P16 reflects the pace we have at the moment and the fact that all the teams around us are very close in terms of one-lap performance. We will think hard about the strategy tonight and try our best to move forward in the race. I started P16 in Malaysia and ended up in the points so I will look for a repeat performance.”

Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal

“We always knew that reaching Q3 would be an ambitious target for China, but at the same time we have shown that the developments we brought to the car this week are already paying off and closing the gap. I think we are in good shape for tomorrow and I believe we can be up there battling for points in the race. We were pleased with our performance during the long runs on Friday and the tyres are lasting well, so hopefully we can build on that in the race.”

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