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Korean GP: Force India's Hulkenberg to start 8th

October 13, 2012 16:03 IST

Sahara Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg will start eighth, while his teammate, Paul di Resta, will line up at 14th on the grid in tomorrow's Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam.

Hulkenberg clocked 1:38.266 in Q3 after going through a bit of 'struggle' in the Q1 and Q2.

"It was not an easy qualifying session, but in the end everything went to plan. I did struggle in Q1 and Q2, and I've been fighting some understeer in the car all weekend, especially through the first sector," said Hulkenberg.

Nico Hulkenberg"We never really managed to dial it out of the car, but it didn't hurt us too much because I was able to pull together two good laps and that was enough to get me up to eighth.

"The times were very close and I think it will be the same tomorrow, but our long-run performance looks competitive so I think we can definitely race the people around us and come away with points," he added.

Di Resta, who couldn't make the cut for Q3, clocking 1:38.643 in Q2, said he was disappointed.

"The car was capable of Q3 today but once again my lap in Q2 was compromised by traffic. There were some cars backing off in the last three corners and that cost me those crucial tenths I needed to make Q3.

"So I'm a little bit disappointed because I didn't get the most from the session. We are out of position on the grid, but there's still all to play for in the race because the car was very strong yesterday during the long runs and we can be confident going into the race," he said.

Red Bull made it a one-two at the start with Mark Webber grabbing the pole position and Sebastian Vettel in second. Ferrari's Lewis Hamilton completed the top three on the grid.

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