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Force India: Missed training is not a disadvantage

Nico Hülkenberg
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F orce India made the decision on Friday to skip the second training session leave to cause a stir in the paddock. The team wanted to leave the track in daylight. The mechanics' fear of being involved in an incident like the one on the Wednesday before the race was too great. That evening, team members got into an argument between the police and demonstrators.

No long run on soft tires

But actually the training is of great importance for the teams. After all, they are preparing for the race on Friday. Force India therefore changed the program. 'I don't think we have a disadvantage because of this, or that we have lost or lost a place in qualifying or the race because of that,' says Hülkenberg.

There is one catch: Hülkenberg was able to run a long run on the soft tires do not complete. These are considered particularly critical, as the high temperatures in Bahrain put extreme stress on the tires.

'Hülk' is satisfied with 13th place on the grid. 'We were better than expected in qualifying,' he says. 'We could actually have reached Q3 too. But in Q2 I fought with the car on my only attempt with soft tires in Turn 12.' Team mate Paul di Resta got along better and will start the race from tenth place.

Point scoring is the goal

Hülkenberg is optimistic that points can also be safely achieved from 13th place. 'The severe tire degradation affects everyone and our long run looked good,' he says. A three-stop strategy is likely. 'But if the track conditions continue to improve as they did in qualifying, then you might even be able to switch to a two-stop strategy.'


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