Force India delivers strong qualifying performance

By on Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sahara Force India delivered a strong performance in today’s qualifying session as Sergio Perez ended the day in eighth place ahead of Esteban Ocon in ninth. The team achieved the objective of getting both cars inside the top ten, which sets them up nicely for a strong race tomorrow.

“I am a bit disappointed with my lap in Q3. I was close to Raikkonen in sector one, but when he aborted his lap in sector two I ended up being too close to him. As a result, I lost of a lot of aerodynamic load and that cost me a couple of tenths", Perez explained.

"I believe we had the pace to be ahead of the Renault today, but I still think we are in a good position for tomorrow. Spa is a place where anything can happen so it will be important to stay out of trouble and take the opportunities that come our way.

"The first lap can be really messy: not just in turn one but also at Les Combes, when the pack bunches up again. I think we can be strong tomorrow and I really hope we can get the result that the team deserves.”

The final laps in Q3 were not optimal for any of Force India's drivers but a clean start tomorrow could offer a good chance to convert the speed of the car into a solid result.

“I think a better result was possible today", says Ocon.

"From Q2 onwards I started to lose some grip and we need to analyse and understand what happened. I was three tenths faster on my Q2 lap compared to Q3 so we didn’t maximise things and I’m not totally satisfied.

"However, I feel confident about the race. The car is working well and we have a quick race car, especially in the first and final sectors. That will help us tomorrow. It’s a track that encourages good racing and I think there will be opportunities tomorrow and some close battles.”

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