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Nico Hülkenberg will start the Brazilian Grand Prix from sixth position, jumping up one place because of Pastor Maldonado’s penalty. The German has said that Saturday’s session reminded him of the day when he clinched an historic pole for Williams in 2010.
Hülkenberg’s Saturday qualifying was his first at Interlagos since his magical moment of two years ago, as in 2011 the German served only as reserve driver for Force India.
“It was an entertaining qualifying hour and it actually reminded me of 2010, with the rain shower just before the session,” he began. “The track dried up quite quickly and the car felt good – we definitely improved it more between practice and qualifying. So seventh place is not too bad and is probably about what we were expecting.
“For tomorrow we are in good shape; I’ve got quite a neutral setup, so we can cope with whatever weather we get. It’s always a tough race - quite physical - and there are some fast cars around us, but we should have the pace to race strongly.”
Team-mate Paul di Resta, who has now been out-qualified on a 12-8 basis this year, will line up tenth. In 2013, Hülkenberg joins Mexico’s Esteban Gutiérrez at Sauber.
Force India F1
|3.||M. Webber||Red Bull||01:12.581||22|
|4.||S. Vettel||Red Bull||01:12.760||19|
|7.||N. Hulkenberg||Force India||01:13.206||23|
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|29 Nov '12||Ferrari asks FIA to clarify Vettel overtake|
|29 Nov '12||Appeal being evaluated, Ferrari confirms|
|13 May||Hülkenberg: We have homework ahead|
|22 Apr||Hülkenberg pushing for car upgrades|
|13 Apr||Hülkenberg optimistic over free tyre choice|
|11 Apr||Video: Watercolour of Nico Hülkenberg|
|19 May||Hamilton: We must keep focusing on races|
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|18 May||Rosberg hopes to capitalise on one-lap pace|
|18 May||Video of the Day: A closer look at braking|
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