Force India upbeat despite lack of points

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez says he was encouraged by Force India's progress despite leaving China empty-handed after he finished the race in 11th position.

Perez spent much of the race battling towards the back of the midfield but was unable to creep into the points.

"We raced very hard today, but in the end it wasn’t quite enough to come away with some points," he said.

"With the strategy we looked at all the opportunities and switched to three stops quite early in the race, which was the right decision.

"I was able to push hard all the time with the aggressive strategy and fight with the cars ahead of me. In the final part of the race I was catching [Marcus] Ericsson, but he was just too far ahead to make up the ground.

"We are still not where we want to be in terms of competitiveness, but there are definitely some positives to take because we made an improvement compared to our performance in Malaysia."

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg did not finish the race due to a technical problem.

"It would have been interesting to see how our race would have developed because I made some good progress on the opening lap when I went around the outside of a few cars and then got a good run at [Daniil] Kvyat, which put me up in P12," he said.

" We had the pace to keep up with the Toro Rossos and Saubers, so it was positive to see our pace being more competitive."

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