Renault Sport Formula One Team had a good qualifying session at the Mexican Grand Prix, getting both cars into Q3 for the second time this season. Driver Nico Hülkenberg led the charge for the team finishing eighth, just ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz who was ninth-fastest at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.17-04, Q: P8 1:17.466 FP3: P10 1:18.380
“It was a good qualifying, I got a really good lap at the end of Q3 so I’m very happy and satisfied about that. It’s going to be a tight battle tomorrow but we are going to push hard and do our best.”

Carlos Sainz, #55, R.S.17-03, Q: P9 1:17.794 FP3: P9 1:18.208
“This is a good day for myself and for the team, we continue our progress since Austin, I am very pleased. Qualifying was tricky but we advanced a lot since yesterday and I was feeling a lot more confident with the car today. We are aiming to have a good race tomorrow.”

Alan Permane, Sporting Director
We are in a good position for tomorrow’s race.

How was qualifying for the team?
“A very straightforward qualifying for us today, all runs went as planned. We aimed to get though Q1 with one set, which we did comfortably, and then two sets for each of the other sessions. It was good to see both drivers pushing each other all the way through the sessions, getting both cars into Q3 was the target. Starting eighth and ninth puts us in a good position to score some points tomorrow.”