After this morning’s encouraging free practice, Nick again had problems in qualifying. The tight, narrow circuit near Budapest doesn’t appear to suit the Lotus Renault GP racing car very much. Starting from P14 on the grid, Nick hopes to be in the points tomorrow.
Q1 didn’t pose any problems for Nick, who was on the softer compound tyre right from the start. Placed eleventh with a time of 1:23.024 (+1.446), he progressed through to the middle segment of qualifying.
Nick went out on the soft tyre in Q2, improving his time by more than half a second. The Lotus Renault GP driver missed going into the Top Ten in qualifying with a 1:22.470 (+2.208) and fourteenth place.
Nick: “Our car didn’t have the pace to go through to the Top Ten. We’ve had few updates recently, but hopefully things will go better, starting with Spa. My lap was OK, but the grid position isn’t good. The hard tyres gave us more problems, but then everyone was slower. Let’s see how the race goes, as we usually do better. Overtaking is not easy here, but we still hope to be in the points.”
Sebastian Vettel secured pole position from Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Tomorrow’s race starts at 13:00 BST.