Hülkenberg delighted with recovery for fourth
21 July 2012 – Fourth on the grid for his home Grand Prix marks Nico Hülkenberg’s second best Formula 1 qualifying position, worse only than his Interlagos pole position for Williams in 2010. The result also confirms that three of the five German drivers start from the front two rows in their home race.
Hülkenberg remained focussed and posted the fifth quickest time - becoming fourth because of Mark Webber’s penalty - following an early Q3 excursion at the Parabolika.
“I feel very excited because it’s always special to qualify well, especially at your home race,” said the Force India driver, who has now managed Q3 in three consecutive races and four times overall this season. “It was a session that had a bit of everything because we ran on Slicks, Intermediates and Wets.
“I think the most tricky conditions came during Q3, when I even aquaplaned off the track during my out-lap and went into the gravel. Fortunately, I was lucky and able to continue but there was very little grip on the track.”
When quizzed over his expectations for race day, the 24-year-old replied:
“When you start high up, you naturally want to finish high up as well and I hope we can have strong race. It will probably be dry tomorrow and there are a lot of quick cars behind us, so we will need to think carefully to make the strategy work.”
Off the start line, Hülkenberg will be looking to defend from a number of quicker cars around him – notably the two McLarens and the penalised Red Bull of Mark Webber.