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Force India’s Bob Fernley: “Another double point’s finish is just what we needed today”

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Sahara Force India F1 Team - VJM10 - Austrian GP 2017. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sahara Force India F1 Team Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley was happy to complete the Austrian Grand Prix without any dramas, as drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon both came home in the points this weekend.

A seventh and eighth place topped off a strong qualifying session and more than made up for the clash of wheels between the two team-mates last time out in Baku. That saw them lose valuable points and a likely podium.

Fernley was pleased it was a relatively quiet race for the team on the pit wall on Sunday, and was happy with the strong race pace shown by both drivers, proving they have a strong car underneath them, which should allow them to keep producing strong results.

“Another double point’s finish is just what we needed today.

“The team did an excellent job to convert our strong qualifying into solid points and we leave Austria feeling pretty satisfied with our performance.

“It was a relatively calm race from the pit wall with no significant dramas. Both drivers kept out of trouble on lap one and as the race settled down, we were able to hold station with competitive race pace.

The ten points scored this weekend in Austria, allow Force India to further extend their lead over Williams Martini Racing in the constructors standings to forty-nine points, and further tightens their grip on fourth place overall, which would equal their best ever finish, if they stay in that position until the end of the season.

Fernley is confident they can keep bringing home the points, and is happy with the Silverstone based teams performance so far this season.

“These ten points consolidate our fourth place in the championship as we approach the midway point of the season.”

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