Hulkenberg came up with a 1:40.058 to set the 12th fastest time in the qualifying today while Perez was right behind on 1:40.163. The Mexican however gains a place as result of Hulkenberg's five place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Fifth placed Force India are only a point ahead of McLaren going into the last four rounds of the season.

Both drivers agreed that overtaking will be tough on Sunday.

"It’s a very long and challenging lap here, and it's not so easy to put a good lap together. I think we got pretty much what we could from the car because getting the most from the tyres today was a big challenge. If you pushed more initially, you paid the price at the end of the lap, so the secret was to find a balance across the whole lap. Having the five-place grid penalty tomorrow will be quite costly on this track because I think it’s going to be difficult to overtake," said Hulkenberg.

Perez added: "It is disappointing to miss out on a place in Q3 because the gaps were very small. My first lap in Q2 was very good, but in my second run I made a few mistakes which cost me two tenths and a place in the top ten. I think we will be starting pretty much where we expected based on our one-lap pace, so we will aim to move ahead and achieve a better position in the race tomorrow."

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