Force India put out by brake failure

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were left to rue brake failures as the team's strong run of form came to an end at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg started from the front row but tumbled back through the pack before pulling into the garage late on.

Perez, meanwhile, was running in seventh position when his brakes failed on the penultimate lap, pitching him into the barriers at Turn 3.

"I’m pretty disappointed and gutted, to be honest," said Hulkenberg.

"It was a really tough race and nothing really worked out for us. The start wasn’t great and I dropped a couple of positions on lap one, but the opening stint was very difficult because the car was sliding around and the tyres were graining.

"That became the story of my race because the balance of the car wasn’t allowing me to manage the tyres and I was suffering with so much graining.

"With a new set I could manage just three of four laps before they fell away. Towards the end of the race I had some vibrations with the car and the team saw that I was critical on brake wear, which is why we retired the car in the end."

"It’s a big shame that we retired on the last lap of the race," added Perez.

"I’m feeling sad for the team because we really deserved some points. Yesterday and today we have been really unlucky, and it’s frustrating because we’ve been competitive here with our pace."

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