Force India pair happy with big points haul

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India pair Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez claimed sixth and seventh to ensure that the squad departed the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with 28 points.

Hulkenberg and Perez both started from outside of the top 10 but made progress, albeit their haul was not sufficient for the squad to jump ahead of McLaren in the fight for fifth in the Constructors' Championship.

Hulkenberg was sixth despite having to take a five second penalty for forcing Kevin Magnussen off the track on the opening lap.

"I’m very happy with this result," said Hulkenberg. "After struggling with the car on Friday and in qualifying, I think we can be proud of today’s race and our performance is a good sign for next year as well. The car performed at its best; I had a good balance and I had the confidence to really push.

"There were just a few laps after the pit stops when I was managing the tyres, but other than that it was flat out all the way. The long final stint on the supersoft tyres was brave, but it turned out to be a great strategy by the team and it really worked out well."

Perez's result ensured that he finished in the top 10 of the championship.

"The points today helped me to finish in the top ten of the championship, which is an important achievement after a great year," he said.

"I think we could have been even higher up today, but we probably stopped too late for the final pit stop. If we had been on the Super Softss a bit earlier then maybe we could have been closer to Button at the end of the race. Looking back at the season overall I think everyone in the team has done a tremendous job and we should feel very happy about what we have achieved."

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