At his home Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg lent on his local knowledge to produce his third top-ten qualifying performance this season; consistent with his eighth--placed team-mate, Rubens Barrichello
, both drivers felt that the car had more to offer and neither enjoyed a completely
optimal Q3. However, both Nico and Rubens share the optimism that the team has a solid basis for a strong race in the German GP tomorrow from the grid positions achieved today and the inherent pace of the FW32.Rubens Barrichello
It was a good day all told. In Q2, I set my best time and it was a fantastic lap, and in Q3 for some reason I developed a bit of understeer and lost some balance. So it was a bit of a shame not to be able to repeat the performance as I thought we were capable of P7. That said, we have to be happy with two cars in the top ten and it gives us confidence for good points tomorrow.
It was positive to get both cars into the top ten; I think there was a bit more there time-wise at around about Rubens' pace, but I didn't have the greatest run right at the end of Q3. All that said, we have a good platform for a strong race tomorrow.
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
Today was another good qualifying performance by the team and it is great to have both cars in the top 10. We believed we could get up to 7th, but we just missed a bit of time in the last sector relative to Q2. Looking to tomorrow's race, our target is to put away more points with both cars. The weather here this weekend has made things interesting so far, but it's still clear on the tyres and other items.