Hulkenberg, Perez pleased with Force India points

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015
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Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were delighted to take home points for Force India as the squad recovered from a troublesome pre-season at the Australian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg collected seventh, while Perez recovered from a collision with Jenson Button to round out the top 10.

"I am very pleased with today's result and starting the season with two cars in the points is always positive," said Hulkenberg.

"It was a good race; I didn't make any mistakes and, while the reliability of our car helped us take advantage of the problems of others, at this stage in the season it is important to capitalise on any opportunity.

"We were ready when it counted; we had a good strategy and we delivered under the pressure. In terms of performance we are not yet where we would like to be, but everyone is working really hard to get there and make our car quicker.

"With points on the board we can now look forward to Malaysia in a couple of weeks and hopefully take another step forward."

Perez believes that his race was compromised during the early stages.

"It was one of those unusual races where so many things happened, but I’m certainly happy to come away with a point and see Nico also score good points for the team," he said.

"We went for a different strategy compared to Nico to maximise the team’s chances so I started on the medium tyres in order to have the advantage on the softs at the end of the race. Unfortunately, after the safety car the FIA asked me to give a place back to Ericsson, which also meant dropping behind Button, and that was really painful for my race. Button was on the soft tyres and, although I was quicker, it was not easy to overtake and I lost a lot of track position."

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