Hülkenberg content but di Resta frustrated
13 October 2012 – Mixed feelings hovered around the Force India hospitality area following qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. Nico Hülkenberg passed through to the top ten shootout for the seventh time this season, equalling Paul di Resta’s achievement for presences in Q3, as the Scot lamented his worst grid position since Monaco.
“It was not an easy qualifying session, but in the end everything went to plan,” the German started. “I did struggle in Q1 and Q2 and I’ve been fighting some understeer in the car all weekend, especially through the first sector.
"We never really managed to dial it out of the car, but it didn’t hurt us too much because I was able to pull together two good laps and that was enough to get me up to eighth.”
Yeongam confirms that the Force India duos are the most evenly-matched team-mates in qualifying so far this year, having beaten each other on an 8-8 basis.
“The car was capable of Q3 today but, once again, my lap in Q2 was compromised by traffic,” di Resta explained. “There were some cars backing off in the last three corners and that cost me those crucial tenths I needed to make Q3 - so I’m a little bit disappointed because I didn’t get the most from the session.”
Heading into the final quarter of the campaign, Force India sits seventh in the Constructors’ Championship: 35 points behind Sauber and 23 ahead of Williams.