Perez pleased with return to points

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Sergio Perez expressed his happiness after he returned to the points paying positions by claiming eighth at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Perez started from 11th place but managed a two stop strategy to move ahead of several rivals to collect four points to return Force India to the points for the first time since Australia.

"Eighth place feels very good and I’m very satisfied," he said. "It was a great opportunity to score points today and this is a nice reward for the whole team.

"Before the race we were not sure a two-stop strategy was possible for us – we thought the tyre degradation would be too high, but the team did an amazing job to make it happen.

"My engineers were giving me good information over the radio and after the first stint we knew that stopping twice was our best chance of scoring points. I think this was one of my best races in terms of managing the pace and the tyres."

Conversely, team-mate Nico Hulkenberg started the race inside the top 10 but could manage only 13th position.

"It was a disappointing result for me tonight: we didn't seem to be able to find the same level of grip we had in qualifying and that made it really hard in the car," he said.

"We were in a few battles, but we just couldn't get the right edge, which is a shame. We seemed to be struggling to preserve the tyres compared to the cars around us and this cost us positions."

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