Damage limitation for Force India - Hulkenberg

By on Sunday, May 11, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg said it was damage limitation for Force India at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg finished in his lowest position in 2014 as he came home in tenth place.

"It was a case of damage limitation today," he said.

"We knew from the early practice sessions that this wasn't going to be our strongest track so to get two cars in the points is a positive result. The tyre degradation was high and the car was not so easy to drive, but I think everybody was struggling in the final part of the race.

"I thought we would need to make a third stop, but fortunately the tyres held on and I was able to score a point. We will use all the data we got over the weekend to improve for the next few races where we hope to be a bit more competitive."

Team-mate Sergio Perez was happy to retain Force India's run of points in ninth.

"It was quite a hard afternoon, so to come away with two points is not too bad," he said. "I had pretty strong pace in the race and my tyre degradation was okay so I think we probably could have been a bit more aggressive with the strategy.

"Maybe if we had stopped earlier I could have jumped ahead of some more cars because my pace was good, but it was just so difficult to overtake. We knew this track would be a tough test for us, so this result is more or less what we expected here. Maybe P7 or P8 was achievable today, but we should feel quite happy to keep up our run of points."

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