Paul di Resta set the fourth fastest time after steadily improving throughout qualifying. The Scot was given a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox ahead of FP3 but the consistency that he has shown throughout the weekend will surely put him in a position to challenge for the top five during the race.
“The car has been working well all weekend so I knew we were in good shape going into qualifying,” said the Scot. “We were in the top five of free practice and the car has got better and better with each run as the track evolved. I’m very happy with my Q3 lap, which was my quickest lap so far – so we maximised it when it mattered. I think the entire team has done an excellent job to get us in this position – we’ve trusted our instincts and just worked away at dialling the car into the track.”
While di Resta flourished his teammate, Nico Hulkenberg, was sidelined in the opening moments of Q1 after the German suffered a mechanical issue, which the team has initially attributed to a fuel pressure problem, at the start of his first flying lap.
Having finished a career best fourth in last weekend’s Belgium GP Hulkenberg had been confident of building on that momentum this weekend.
“It’s a shame this happened on a day when the car looks so competitive, but that’s racing,” said the German. “Starting so far back tomorrow will be tough, but I will try and push through so that we can hopefully come away with something from the race.”
It will surely be a difficult day for Hulkenberg but such is the speed of the Force India that it is not impossible to imagine him still finishing in the points tomorrow.