Sahara Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will start at fourth row, at seventh and eighth positions respectively, of the starting grid in the Malaysian Grand Prix of the Formula One Championships here tomorrow in the qualifying race.
Perez clocked a best lap time of of 1:34.319 while Hulkenberg had 1:34.489.
Perez said he would be looking for a strong finish in the race on Sunday.
“I made a little mistake in Q2 on my last run, which could have cost me a place in Q3, but fortunately I managed to make it through. The result today means we are in a great position to fight for strong points tomorrow,” he said.
“I’m very happy with our performance. It was very important to execute a perfect qualifying session and I think that is what we did. It was a mega effort by the whole team. The whole qualifying hour was very intense because you could see how close together the lap times were for all the cars and I had to maximise each lap,” added the Mexican.
Hulkenberg was equally satisfied with the qualifying result.
“I am quite satisfied with how today went and my starting position for the race. When the top three teams lock out the first three rows, seventh and eighth is the best we could have achieved. I felt a bit more comfortable and had a better rhythm at the start of the session and it fell away slightly in Q3 — perhaps the track cooled and that’s one of the possibilities we will try to understand tonight,” he said.
“Still, eighth is a very good position to start tomorrow’s race. It’s going to be really close behind the leaders: I hope we can keep up with the cars in front and take the opportunity if anything happens. Our priority is to stay inside the points and maximise what we can get out of this race,” said the German.