Force India happy with 'big step forward'

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Force India pair Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez say they are pleased with the progress the squad has made after a positive showing during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg progressed through to Q3, where he placed eighth, while Perez will line-up from 11th on the grid.

"I think we extracted the most we could from the car today," said Hulkenberg.

"Overnight we made some good tweaks to the set-up and that helped, especially in these slightly cooler temperatures.

"It was quite windy, but it didn’t impact on us too badly and all of my laps were pretty good. Points will be the goal tomorrow, but it won’t be easy because there are a lot of quick cars behind us and they will put pressure on us. We need to make the best of the car we have and hopefully come away with a good result."

Perez finished on the podium in Bahrain last year but feels that the squad has more moderate targets this season.

"Even though I’m frustrated at missing out on Q3 by just a few hundredths of a second, I think we can be satisfied about the big step forward today," he said.

"It would have been an amazing result to have both cars in the top ten, but eleventh on the grid is something we can be happy about and it’s the result of a massive effort by everyone in the team.

"Today both our car and the track characteristics played into our hands, possibly more than we were anticipating. This result is also a matter of learning the best way to set up this car. The sixth row is a good place to start and I’m optimistic about getting some good points tomorrow."

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