The Force India team to the full, has again demonstrated its strength and consistency, shining between the clouds present at Interlagos. Only the magestuosa demo of Max Verstappen and an ill-timed puncture after the accident of Kimi Räikkönen have prevented Sergio Perez and Nico Hülkenberg to get a prize even greater.
The mexican driver has touched on the podium, and only lost in the final moments, when Max Verstappen him forth as the high point of a spectacular comeback that began after the last safety car. Sergio Perez, who conducted a two-stop strategy and was not used at any time to the tire intermediate, was somewhat disappointed to lose the podium, but very relieved to finish the race.
“¡Which race has more fun and tense today! It is a shame to lose the podium in the last two laps, but Max (Verstappen) he was just going on another level: he was the fastest rider on the track and there was nothing I could do to keep you behind”.
“Although I am a little disappointed, we can still celebrate a great career and an incredible result, especially considering the conditions we had today. Simply to reach the finish line on a day like this feels like a victory and bring home a fourth place is a very important results”.
“it Was so easy to make mistakes with risk of aquaplaning all the time, every time I crossed the finish line he sighed of relief. Is a great result not only for me, also for the team as it gives us important points for the fight for the fourth place. It can still happen a lot in Abu Dhabi, but we can be happy with the result”.
Nico Hülkenberg had to make one more stop as a result of a puncture caused by debris from the accident of Kimi Räikkönen, but was able to back up to the seventh place finish, awarding points almost definitive in the team fight for the fourth place in the constructors ‘ championship. The German, that next season he will drive for Renault, believes that he might have reached the podium.
“it Was an intense race and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry because I think that a possible podium escaped today. Had great confidence in the car, I felt comfortable and I had the pace to squeeze and overtake. There were some scary moments in the race, especially when Kimi crashed in front of me. Some of its debris hit my car and caused a lot of damage”.
“At least I survived it, but then I had a puncture by debris, which is very frustrating because I did go down to the bottom of the classification. Without the prick, who knows where it would have ended? I Am happy and proud of myself and the team. Did a great job, but we lacked a little bit of luck”.
With only one race still to be won and a maximum of 43 points in game, Force India is ahead in 27 points to Williams in the general classification of builders.