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Hulkenberg confident of more points

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Nico Hulkenberg is confident of another points haul on Sunday after both Saubers qualified in the top ten at the Korean Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg will start seventh on the grid ahead of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez and after scoring at the last two races, he fancies his chances of securing more points in Korea.

"To start P7 tomorrow is very positive and we can look forward to the race," he said. "The car felt good during the long runs yesterday, and I feel confident we are able to hold our position tomorrow. It is so much fun driving here, however, we mustn't forget the cars in front of us are strong and also we have the McLarens behind us."

Esteban Gutierrez will start eighth, his best grid position so far in his rookie year, and said he feels as though he has finally unlocked the Sauber's potential over one lap.

"I've improved my qualifying and once you have both cars working on a similar level you can push yourself a lot more. This is the first time I have driven here, so it is great to achieve a result like that. It is now the second time in a row I have been able to put in a good qualifying performance and that is a good feeling, because I have worked a lot to improve. The race will be interesting. The track temperature changed in Q3 and I had a bit of an issue with the balance of the car, and the front grip. Tomorrow will be similar to today, so we need to consider that in order to have a consistent race."

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