Hülkenberg happy after securing Q3 slot
19 April 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg says he is happy to be starting the Chinese Grand Prix from within the top ten despite struggling with the balance of his Force India VJM07 during qualifying.
Hülkenberg, who currently sits in third place in the championship, narrowly made it through to Q3 where he set the eighth fastest time in wet conditions.
"A top ten result is always what we are aiming for in qualifying, so from that perspective I am happy to be eighth," he said. "It was very wet out there and I was struggling a bit with the car balance under braking, but all in all I think we're in a good starting position for the race.
"Tomorrow's weather should improve and we ran in the dry yesterday so we know what to expect and will adapt to any conditions. It will be interesting to see the tyre development through the race because graining is a classic feature of this track, but I'm confident we can work around it and make the tyres last."
Hülkenberg's Force India team-mate Sergio Pérez finished on the podium two weeks ago in Bahrain but was unable to progress through to Q3 and will start from 16th on the grid.
"It was not an easy session and the truth is that I've been struggling with the car balance all weekend," he said.
"I think the wet weather today exaggerated those issues and it leaves me P16 and feeling a bit disappointed. I found it hard to generate enough temperature in my tyres and I was sliding around in each corner and especially under braking. The weather is expected to be better tomorrow so I am sure we can recover some ground and move up into the fight for points."