GP Austria: Encouraging start for Force India in the GP of Austria


the first day of The GP of Austria has been very intense for the team Force India. While Nico Hülkenberg has given samples of a high potential, Sergio Perez has hardly been able to ride in the dry, any time that Alfonso Celis Jr. got in the car of Perez during the first session of free. In the end, the feelings of the three pilots have been positive, although as it is logical to Nico Hülkenberg is the one that more conclusions it has drawn from the VJM09 to complete 71 laps over the two sessions and what is more important, under different conditions of track.

In this aspect, Nico Hülkenberg has set her seal to finish third in FP2 with a time of 1:08.580, a record that has placed six tenths off the best time of Rosberg: Without a doubt, is a good day. The car feels good, but we still have a bit of homework to do tonight to improve the balance. It has also been a day quite strange, with the changing weather, especially this afternoon when it came the great storm. In this aspect, we do not have many data over a long distance, but is equal for everyone”.

In the same way, Nico Hülkenberg has been satisfied with the work done to the variable conditions, as well as with the performance of the VJM09 in wet conditions: “We have been able to do some laps with the intermediate tyres, which is very important because in the background we don’t know what the weather will do tomorrow and if the rain will return to visit us. In general, I think we’re in good shape for the remainder of the weekend“.


More volatile has been the work of Sergio Perez to share his car with Alfonso Celis Jr. The third pilot of the team shot during the FP1,completing 37 laps. After the session, Alfonso Celis wrote: “it Has been a session easy for me, and I’m pleased to have had a day without problems. Just rolled with the soft tyres, so I could not test the grip of the tires superblandos and ultrablandos. I’m happy, the team program was to focus on the understanding of the soft rubber. In addition, we did several checks of the procedure and all went as planned“.

For his part, Sergio Perez completed 32 laps during FP2 to finish in the position fourteenth: “it Was one of those days in that humid climate limits a lot of our program. Not drove it during the first session, and the wet conditions of the afternoon were not ideal. I Feel that we still have things to improve and it’s going to be important to maximize our evolution in the final practice tomorrow. Hülkenberg has shown that the car is competitive here and I hope I can find some more performance to be ready to acra to the classification”.