Nurburgring (Germany): Force India driver Adrian Sutil recorded his best qualifying performance of the season by capturing eighth place on the grid while his teammate Paul di Resta will start at the 12th spot in German Grand Prix here on Sunday.

Sutil maintained his strong form for Force India clocking 1m 32.010s, to move ahead of Vitaly Petrov's Renault on 1m 32.187s and Michael Schumacher's Mercedes who completed the top 10 with 1m 32.482s.

Sutil’s best position on grid till date was 10th at the Valencia race last month. He earned himself a chance to pocket valuable points for the team in front of home crowd.

He started the Silverstone race at 11th position earlier this month.

Di Resta qualified for the 12th position with a timing of 1m 32.560s in Q2.

Lotus's Karun Chandhok finished his first qualifying session of the year at 21st.

Sutil said he was satisfied with his overall show on Saturday and hoped to put up a spirited race on Sunday amidst his home crowd here.

"Another strong qualifying performance for us and it's great to be starting my home race from P8. My Q3 lap was good, although a couple of tenths slow slower than my Q2 lap, but it wouldn't have changed my overall position," Sutil said.

"My laps in Q2 and Q3 were pretty much perfect and I feel I got the maximum from the car. The balance has been good all weekend; I feel confident in the car and I really like this circuit. So I'm excited about the race tomorrow and really looking forward to it. We just have to wait and see what happens with the weather," he added.

However, his teammate Paul, who struggled with his grip through the race, said it was a tough race and he couldn't get the best out of his car.

"It was quite a tough day for me. I couldn't really get the tyres to work when it mattered and I was struggling with a lack of grip in both Q1 and Q2," Paul said.

"I seem to have lost some ground to Adrian compared to yesterday so perhaps one of the directions we took overnight hasn't quite worked out. We need to analyse that and hopefully try and improve for tomorrow.”

"As for the race, the unsettled forecast means it's unlikely to be a straightforward race. I still hope we can fight for points because our long run pace has looked quite strong. Also my set-up is more race-orientated, which will hopefully play into our hands," added Paul.

Indian driver Chandhok said he was quite happy with his performance in the qualifying on Saturday.

"I've got to say I'm pleased with how qualifying went today. One of the challenges today has been finding out how much grip there is on the soft tyres on low fuel and that was always going to be a pretty steep learning curve in qualifying, but my times have been coming down all weekend so I'm getting there," Chandhok said.

At the top, Mark Webber upstaged his Red Bull team mate to take pole position for the German GP, as Sebastian Vettel failed to qualify for the front row of a starting grid for the first time in 15 races.

Webber redefined things on his second Q3 run to lap in 1m 30.079s, and it was Lewis Hamilton who gave McLaren a major fillip by snatching second place with 1m 30.134s.

(Agencies)