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Force India looking to close the gap with Sauber

With two races to go, a couple of good results might shorten or eliminate the 29-point margin the Swiss team has over the guys with orange, green and white in their cars.
Sunday, November 18, 2012

November 18th, 2012 (F1plus / Gustavo A. Roche).- It's been an interesting weekend for all drivers and teams or better and learning weekend? With everyone highlight how slippery the track the challenge was to find a way to put the tires to the proper temperature.

At Force India it seemed as this challenge was partially met as Nico Hulkenberg qualified eight while his teammate Paul Di Resta will do so from 13th.

Hulkenberg seemed to have adjusted quicker than the Scot to the track, which has a steep learning curve. The German has been bringing good results lately. With the exception of Abu Dhabi when he had to retired after the first corner incident- he collected a 7th, 6th, and 8th consecutively, so confidence must be running high on him.

“I’m happy to get another top ten result and it’s been a good effort by the whole team, especially given where we were yesterday evening. My lap in Q3 was not too bad, but I was a little compromised by a Williams in the last couple of corners, so maybe there was a little bit more to come.

"Generally I’m quite happy and confident we can race strongly because our long-run pace looked competitive yesterday. There are lots of unknowns about tomorrow because there is no data from the past to help us, but we’re in good shape and I’m really enjoying driving at this new track.” Hulkenberg said.

Paul Di Resta has had a tough weekend but the Scottish careful and consistent driving style could put him in a better position that the starting one. Only three points (49 to 46) separate him from his teammate who sits 12th in the standings.

“It has been a difficult weekend so far and I’m still struggling to get the tyres working. I have quite a smooth driving style so maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to switch them on as well as Nico, who has a more aggressive approach.

"The good news is that P13 is on the cleaner side of the grid so that should help me maximize the start. It’s a long race but I’m not really sure what to expect tomorrow.

"The car is not quite where I want it to be so I just need to make the best of it and hope we can use the strategy to help us move forward.” Paul Di Resta said.

Nico Hulkenberg passing closed to the Circuit's tower.

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