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Force India’s Robert Fernley: “An excellent effort by the entire team”

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Sergio Perez - Credit: Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India deputy team principal Robert Fernley believed the sixth and eighth place finishes for Sergio Perez and Nico Hülkenberg during the Malaysian Grand Prix reflected a great effort for the whole team this weekend.

Fernley was delighted to see the Silverstone-based outfit extend their advantage over Williams Martini Racing in the Constructors’ Championship by two more points, and felt it could have been even better but for the timing of the virtual safety car that gave the opportunity to other drivers to jump his drivers due to making pit stops.

“To come away from Malaysia with another 12 points added to our tally represents an excellent effort by the entire team,” said Fernley. “It was quite an eventful race, with various incidents going on around us, but we managed to stay out of trouble and bring home a solid result.

“We were a little unfortunate with the timing of the first virtual safety car, but we reacted well and made the correct decisions from the pit wall. The car showed good race pace and both drivers have performed well all weekend.

“The points scored have given us some more breathing space in the battle for fourth place in the championship, but as today proved it’s going to remain a very close fight over the remaining five events.”

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