Di Resta 14th and out-qualifies Hülkenberg
24 March 2012 – Although 14th on the grid is not what Paul di Resta had aimed for in Malaysia, the Scottish driver has out-qualified Force India team-mate Nico Hülkenberg for the first time in 2012. The German will line up as the pair sandwich Daniel Ricciardo.
“We definitely improved the car between final practice and qualifying, but it was a tough session and it got quite a bit warmer during the two hours between qualifying and practice,” di Resta explained. “My laps in Q2 were good and I got Sectors 1 and 2 right, but I maybe lost out in the final sector which I never really maximised.
“I think P14 is a reasonable place to start and hopefully our race pace and tyre management will pay off tomorrow. The other variable is the weather because there is always a high risk of showers late in the afternoon.”
The last wet Malaysian Grand Prix was in 2009, when the race was ended prematurely.