“Excellent result” for Sahara Force India at the Mexican GP – Fernley


Force India finished seventh and tenth in Mexico - Credit: Sahara Force India F1 Team

Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team scored a total of seven points at the Mexican Grand Prix, extending their lead from Williams Martini Racing in the Constructors’ Championship.

Nico Hulkenberg saw the chequered flag in seventh, he was running in sixth for most of the Grand Prix, before he lost the position to Kimi Raikkonen late in the race. Into turn four, Raikkonen made the move on Hulkenberg, leading to the German spinning as they got close to touching.

Sergio Perez finished three places behind his team-mate in tenth, and much of his afternoon was spent on the tail of Felipe Massa. Despite appearing to have the quicker car, Perez was unable to overtake Massa, leading him to being frustrating over his performance.

From a very strong performance all weekend, scoring seven points for Force India was an excellent result. With two Grand Prix left in the 2016 Formula 1 season, Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal, believes the team will now take encouragement from the pace they have recently shown.

“Scoring seven points in Mexico is an excellent result,” said Fernley. “After a very strong performance by the team all weekend long.

“The pace of the car was excellent and both drivers delivered what we needed. Nico was pushing hard in the closing laps to keep the Ferrari of Raikkonen at bay, but in the end seventh was the maximum result achievable. Sergio spent most of his race behind the Williams cars, but despite his best efforts he had to settle for the final point.

“It means we’ve increased our points’ advantage in the constructors’ championship with just two races to go. We also take encouragement from the pace we have shown in both qualifying and the race.”