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Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09. Mexican Grand Prix, Saturday 29th October 2016. Mexico City, Mexico.
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Mixed qualifying for Force India

Mexican Grand Prix – Force India endured a mixed Qualifying session in Mexico with Nico Hulkenberg starting in 5th, but home favourite Sergio Perez starting down in 12th.

Hulkenberg’s ‘mega’ lap in Q3 was enough to see the German slot in just behind the Mercedes’ and Red Bull cars.  The 29-year-old was thrilled with the result.

“It’s been a very good qualifying session for me and I am very happy with the result.

“Our car works pretty well on every circuit nowadays, but I felt it just got better and better through qualifying as the track improved.

“My first lap in Q3 was mega, possibly my best qualifying lap of the season, and I don’t think there was anything more I could extract from it.”

However, Hulkenberg is wary of a repeat of last weekends’ poor start where he was elimited from the race on Lap 1, but has put the matter behind him.

“We need to keep ourselves out of trouble at the start but I won’t let what happened last week influence me: every time you get to turn one, there is a unique dynamic and you just have to play it by ear. We have a good idea of where we are for the race and we’ll get our head down and build on today’s result.”

Sergio Perez will start his home race down in 12th after failing to get into Q3 due to a mistake on his final timed lap.  This does mean, however, that the 26-year-old has free choice over what tyre to start the race on.

“It’s a shame to miss out on Q3 today, but I’m optimistic we can recover some positions in the race with a strong strategy,” said Perez,“in Q2 we went out on the soft tyres to see if we could progress to Q3, but for my second run we switched to the supersoft tyres.

“I just locked up the front tyres going into turn one and ran wide. I apologise for the mistake, but I hope I can give all my fans some happiness in the race tomorrow.

“The good news is that we made some progress with the car in between final practice and qualifying: our race pace looks competitive and I think we can come away with a good result tomorrow.”

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