Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg received a five-place grid penalty for changing his gear-box unit following he made a mistake in final practice session and his car’s the front damaged and forcing his team to change the gearbox following making crash with the tyre wall.
The German was qualified 10th on the grid but will start from 15th at Suzuka following a five-place grid penalty. He gives all credit to Force India guys, as immediately repairing and set new parts on his car for qualifying.
“We whizzed into Q3 and we have to pay the price now for this morning because we damaged the gearbox. I’m in the car, so I’m responsible for what happened. It wasn’t a silly mistake, just a small lock-up and with the way that corner is, there was no way to recover it. The timing was pretty bad and now we have to deal with the situation as best as we can.” Hulkenberg said following the qualifying.
“The build-up to qualifying was quite intense because the guys were working hard to repair my car after the accident this morning, All credit to the boys who got me out with enough time to set a time in Q1. He added.
“The car felt good straight away and we made it through to Q3, which was always the target. We then took a strategic decision to save tyres, so I didn’t set a time. That opens up the strategy for tomorrow, especially because we knew I would get a five-place grid penalty for changing the gearbox.”
“The target is always trying to get points. We’re more in the back of the field, so we need to survive the first lap and I don’t know where we will end up. Hopefully we can squeeze ourselves into the points.”