Fernley hails Force India's 'tremendous result'

By on Monday, June 22, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India deputy team principal Robert Fernley believes that the squad's result in the Austrian Grand Prix is 'tremendous', as they moved into fifth place in the Constructors' championship.

Force India has been using an underdeveloped car for much of the campaign, with the outfit set to introduce widespread upgrades at this week's test, prior to an overhaul of its VJM08 at Silverstone.

Nico Hulkenberg claimed sixth while Sergio Perez finished in ninth, putting Force India two points clear of nearest rivals Lotus.

"To come away from Austria with 10 more points and fifth place in the championship is a tremendous result," he said.

"We’ve shown good pace all weekend and it’s very satisfying to convert that speed into valuable points.

"Nico drove a very clean and tidy race, and realistically it would have been difficult to have finished higher up the order.

"The same is true for Sergio who was on the opposite strategy to Nico, but made the progress he needed in the early laps on the soft tyres.

"Despite a slightly lengthy pit stop he was able to recover to ninth place and pick up a couple of points.

"It means that we remain very well placed ahead of our local race at Silverstone where we plan to introduce the next step for the VJM08."

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