Hülkenberg optimistic despite gearbox penalty
6 October 2012 – Nico Hülkenberg will start 15th at Suzuka, taking a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. Despite a crash in final practice on Saturday morning, which left Force India with much repair work, the German still qualified in the top ten.
“The car felt good straight away and we made it through to Q3, which was always the target. We then took a strategic decision to save tyres, so I didn’t set a time. That opens up the strategy for tomorrow, especially because we knew I would get a five-place grid penalty for changing the gearbox. There’s still a chance to get points tomorrow if we can make our strategy work.”
Team-mate Paul di Resta was eliminated in Q2 and starts 11th on Sunday.