Adrian Sutil marked a return to form for Force India with the fourth fastest time in qualifying.
After the session, the German revealed that he had felt confident throughout qualifying and felt relieved that the car was back to its best.
Tonio Liuzzi will start in nineteenth position.
Adrian Sutil – 4th:
“It was always a good feeling to go to a track you know, where you feel good and the confidence is there. Our car has performed well on these type of circuits in the past and we’ve had a strong weekend so far but we did not expect to be able to race in the top five, so fourth is a really great position for the start tomorrow. It was a long session, with so many red flags that we had to cancel a few laps and come in and then try to focus again. Finally it was okay and on the last few laps the car felt great. Third was also very close, just a few hundredths away, but unfortunately Lewis just took it right at the very end of the session! We had a really hard weekend in Singapore and it’s nice to be back: it’s just fantastic for the team. Tomorrow it will be a tough, long race but I’m just going to focus on what I have to do. I will do my best.â€
Vitantonio Liuzzi – 19th:
“We had a few issues in the morning in free practice with the gearbox and we couldn’t test everything we needed to, including the soft tyres, which cost us a lot. The guys did a great job to change the ‘box and get out again for qualifying but we had a lot of understeer in qualifying and it was not 100 percent as a result. To make it worse I have not been feeling at my best today so it’s a combination of everything really. I hope for more tomorrow for sure.â€
Simon Roberts, Force India chief operating officer:
â€It’s a great result for Adrian and a real boost for the team after a difficult Singapore Grand Prix weekend. He drove a fantastic qualifying, often with just one chance to get it right and under a lot of pressure, and his efforts were rewarded with another good starting position. We’re very hopeful for tomorrow; we feel we have a good strategy, Adrian knows the track well and feels confident around here. It was unfortunate that Tonio could not progress beyond Q1 but with the limited time available to change his gearbox between sessions he didn’t quite get the lap together. But well done to all the team for turning it around so quickly and I’m sure Tonio will come back stronger in the race tomorrow.â€