Face and cross for Force India in Barcelona. The indian team could not take their two cars to the finish, while Nico Hülkenberg had to withdraw after suffering a fire in the rear of his car. With this mishap, all the hopes of the team focused on Sergio Perez and what is certain is that the mexican pilot responded with a vengeance, as it became the ninth place that it had in the grill in seventh. The regularity of his driving and the good treatment of the tires allowed the american rider to make a two-stop strategy.
The career of Sergio Perez, was marked by an intelligent strategy that led him to fly alone for almost 66 laps, although the mexican driver believes that he did everything he could: “it Was a very good race and I think that we have managed to get the best result that we could achieve on this track. We have been able to keep some cars very fast behind us and we capitalized on the accident of the first lap between Hamilton and Rosberg to take home a good amount of points”.
Analyzing the final stretch of the race, Pérez explained: “I Had to defend from Felipe Massa in the last three laps and I was with a few tyres, very old. He came very close to me, but I managed to defend my position. This struggle was practically the only one that I had in the whole race, because in the rest of the test I was very lonely. That allowed me to look after the tyres and defend myself in these last few laps. We had a good strategy, which helped us to overcome the Haas at a key moment. We get a good result on a track that is not our strong“.
All the positive words of Sergio Perez mutate to refer to the race of your companion box. Nico Hülkenberg was fighting during the first two thirds of the test by occupying the last position in the points, but his Force India said enough. The German had to retire after catching fire in the rear of his car: “It’s frustrating to not finish another race. I saw a bit of smoke coming from the rear of the car and he then became a fire, so I had to park quickly to one side of the track. It’s a shame because I missed the opportunity to fight for points”.
Visibly frustrated, Nico Hülkenberg explained: “in Addition, we have lost the opportunity to learn more of the car. Sometimes in racing there are periods in which things don’t go well, but you have to keep the faith and believe that sooner or later it’s going to change our luck. There are also some positive things to take away from this weekend because we have made some progress on the car and I think the performance will continue to improve. So we’re going to keep working hard and come back stronger in the next race“.