Otmar Sznafnauer Reflects ‘Good Reward’ For Double-Points Finishes at Monza

by Aaron Gillard
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Racing Point Force India F1 Team Principal Otmar Sznafnauer says collecting points at the Italian Grand Prix is a ‘good reward’ for the team after a strong weekend.

Force India once again gathered another strong result for the second weekend in a row, with Estaban Ocon and Sergio Pérez finishing in seventh and eighth. Their positions would improve due to Romain Grosjean‘s disqualification for an illegal floor.

Ocon was promoted to sixth, with Pérez taking his team-mate’s result in seventh in the final classification.

The team produced a strong performance throughout the weekend, having both cars in the top three in Free Practice 1 and get Pérez able to recover from the back of the grid, to a points paying position.

Force India Team boss Otmar Sznafnauer says the result shows another massive effort from the teams, weeks after their takeover.

“Ten points from Monza represents a good reward for another massive effort by the team,” said Szanfnauer.

“The car has been strong from the start of practice and despite not maximising qualifying yesterday we recovered well to bring both cars home well inside the points.”

Ocon was close to passing Grosjean in the latter part of the race, but Ocon’s failure on passing his fellow countryman on track would soon fell in his favour, following the Haas’ exclusion from the final results.

Force India have now overtaken Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda in the constructors championship in only their second race.

Szanfnauer believes the result came due to the team’s call to stay out late in the race, using the new tyres to their advantage.

“Esteban was very close to overtaking Grosjean in the final few laps and, despite having a quicker car, we just ran out of laps to make the move.

“Sergio was right behind Esteban, too, having battled back from P14 to eighth, which was a tremendous effort.

“The strategy calls from the pit wall saw us pit late in the race with both cars, which worked out well for us and ensured we had good race pace throughout the afternoon, and a relative tyre advantage at the end.”

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