Formula Racing

Russian Grand Prix 2016: Qualifying Report

Sahara Force India
By Formula1 Team


Sahara Force India enjoyed a strong showing in Sochi with Sergio Perez qualifying in seventh place for tomorrow's Russian Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg will start the race from P13.

P7 Sergio Perez VJM09-02


Q1: 1:38.006 Q2: 1:37.282 Q3: 1:37.212

Sergio: "I am very pleased with our performance today and my final lap in Q3 was fantastic - just when it mattered. We were strong in Q1 and Q2; I was feeling very comfortable in the car and I was able to deliver great laps in each of the sessions. We are making good progress as a team and our pace over one lap is very strong: it will be interesting to see how we perform tomorrow because we have a fast car behind us and it will be a big challenge to hold our position. This is not a track that helps overtaking so there should be some nice battles. We have enough tyres to choose the best strategy tomorrow and I am optimistic we can come away with a nice result."

P13 Nico Hülkenberg VJM09-01


Q1: 1:38.562 Q2: 1:37.771

Nico: "It was a fairly straightforward qualifying session, but not with the outcome I wanted. I've not felt comfortable since I jumped in the car yesterday and it's been a struggle to find the grip and performance we were expecting. We changed a lot of parts overnight and before qualifying, but it didn't take us in the direction we needed. Obviously we can't change the car ahead of the race so I think it's going to be a tough Sunday considering how close things are in the middle of the grid."

Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer


"It's great to see us continue our run of top ten qualifying results with Checo putting in a great lap when it mattered in Q3. We expect him to move up a position with Vettel taking a penalty, so he should line up sixth on the grid. It's another example of the inherent speed we have in this car and hopefully we can deliver similar race pace tomorrow. Nico's session was relatively uneventful, but he felt the car was sliding underneath him and that showed in his final qualifying position. There's still a long race ahead of us and anything can happen tomorrow, but we have our eyes firmly set on scoring some good points with both cars."

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes