Great defeat suffered by Force India this weekend in Austria. Nico Hülkenberg was not able to solidify their second place on the grid and Sergio Perez had to retire on the last lap, after going up to the points from the sixteenth square initial.
Nico Hülkenberg also abandoned after a poor race in which he soon disappeared from the front. When he was in no man’s land, the state of the brakes caused the team to ask him to withdraw from the race.
“I Am very disappointed and disgusted, to be honest. Was a really tough race, and nothing worked well for us. The output wasn’t great and I lost some positions in the first round, but the relay initially was very complicated because the car slid and the tires were graining. That was the story of my career, because the balance of the car did not allow me to manage the tyres and I suffered a lot of graining”.
“With the new set (of tires), I was able to manage three or four turns before being lost. Toward the end of the race, I had some vibrations in the car and the team told me that the brakes were very worn, that was the reason why we withdraw at the end. We have to digest and understand what happened today and then think about Silverstone”.
Sergio Pérez had a very different experience to the Baku two weeks before, and must leave far behind on the grill after the breakage of the suspension of the previous day and ending his race on the last lap when he was in the eighth square.
“It’s a real shame that we have retired on the last lap of the race. I feel sad for the team because we really deserved some points. Yesterday and today we were unlucky and it’s frustrating because we have been competitive here. The race was going really well and I thought we had some points in our hands”.
“I Was pushing strong to stay close to Grosjean because I knew I had a penalty of five seconds. Then, on the last lap, coming into turn 3, I was left without brakes and I went straight. I touched the barriers and got hurt the front of the car, but I’m perfectly. It is a nuisance because the team did everything right today and the simple bad luck stood in our great recovery”.
Force India holds the fifth place at the World Championship of Constructors, but lost two points with respect to Williams, four with regard to Toro Rosso and eight in relation to McLaren.