A Force to be dealt with
After picking up just 77 points throughout the whole of the 2013 Formula One campaign, Force India’s new look team have been the surprise package of 2014, with the team currently sat in third place in the constructors standings.
An amazing start to Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India career has seen him clinch a point’s finish in every race, with last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix proving to be no exception, coming home in sixth place.
Teammate, Sergio Perez, picked up two points after another convincing display off the back of his podium finish in Malaysia earlier this month.
The side have now amassed a huge total of 54 points after just four races and look set to smash their record points tally for a single season.
“Finishing in sixth and bringing both cars home in the points again was a very positive result for the team,” the German Hulkenberg said.
“It was actually a pretty straightforward race for me after we got in front of Massa: I had to manage my tyres, my pace and avoid mistakes, and it only got tricky at the end when Bottas was getting a bit closer.
“We have beaten all other customer Mercedes cars, which are our main competition at the moment, but we have also seen some other teams up their game so we will need to keep pushing.”
Perez, who started the race way back in 16th position on the grid, finished in ninth spot and says the whole team is now focussed on maintaining their impressive form in Barcelona in May.
“It was not easy to overtake today, even the cars on a different strategy, so I think ninth place was the maximum,” he said.
“It means I’ve scored points in three out of four races, but I was hoping for more today after the weekend we had in Bahrain.
“It’s also clear that all the teams around us are finding pace so we have to keep working hard to be ready for Barcelona.”
The Barcelona Grand Prix will take place on 11th May, with home-country favourite, Fernando Alonso, looking to repeat last year’s success and come away with a first place finish.