Nico Hulkenberg has explained how he has ambitions of battling for only “one or two points” during tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix, after eventually qualifying 12th in a day of mixed emotions for the Swiss outfit. Whereas Nico Hulkenberg is not disappointed with his performance, Esteban Gutierrez has been left lamenting after a frustrating day for the Mexican.
As ever the midfield section of the grid is incredibly close, with both of the Sauber drivers once again competing within this highly competitive throng of drivers. Nico Hulkenberg narrowly missed out on progressing to the top ten shootout in qualifying, eventually ending Q2 only eight hundredths of a second off of 8th position. Although Nico Hulkenberg has only qualified within the top ten once this season, the former Williams and Force India driver is not dissatisfied with his performance around the Hungaroring.
“It was just eight hundredths of a second to P8, so even less to P10.” Explained Nico Hulkenberg, “The midfield is very tight at the moment. But I’m not disappointed, because I did a very good lap and this was pretty much the maximum I was able to get out of the car. I think we can be fairly happy with P12, as realistically that’s where we are, and we can certainly race from there. Tomorrow I’ll have to get a good start and can hopefully battle for one or two points.”
Esteban Gutierrez’s debut season failed to improve during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the Mexican driver suffering from an engine-related issue during morning practice. This saw him fail to complete a timed lap behind the wheel of his Ferrari-powered Sauber before the opening segment of qualifying, accounting for his early appearance once the session began. With the track conditions changing overnight, Esteban Gutierrez ultimately struggled to adapt during Q1, which therefore saw him eliminated along with Paul di Resta and the two Caterham and Marussia drivers.
“Today didn’t go the way we wanted it to.” Said a despondent Esteban Gutierrez, “It has been quite challenging with the loss of track time we had this morning. This is obviously not ideal, but I thought it wasn’t going to be that much of a problem, so it is quite disappointing to come into qualifying and have this kind of result. I expected to be closer to the front and to get into Q2. We had the pace, for sure. However, the track conditions changed massively from yesterday to today and it was very hard to adapt to that in just one lap. Tomorrow is going to be a long race. I have to get a good start and from then on try to move up the field.”
Currently Sauber sit 8th in the Constructors’ Championship, with only 7 points scored at the hands of Nico Hulkenberg. Although the Swiss outfit showed momentary competitiveness during practice on Friday, it seems another long and tough race is in order during tomorrow’s 70-lap Hungarian Grand Prix.
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