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Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016

Hülkenberg joins Renault from 2017

Nico Hülkenberg will leave Force India at the end of this season to join Renault for 2017, as part of a multi-year deal with the team. He is the first driver announced to be racing with the Enstone-based squad next season. The German driver reckons he is grateful that Force India has given him the chance to take up this new opportunity after agreeing to his departure before the end of his contract. “Renault has always been a big player in the motorsport world that brings up […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Force India targets more points in Monza

Force India showed a strong form at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend where the squad scored 22 points as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez raced to fourth and fifth places. It was one of the best results in the team’s history at the Belgian Grand Prix. Team Principal, Vijay Mallya is confident the team can keep up the momentum at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, targeting even more points than at the previous round. “Spa has always been a special place for us - we scored our […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Perez eyes change of fortune in Hungary

Force India's Sergio Perez is hopeful that he can end his run of sub-par results in Hungary when the sport returns to the Hungaroring this weekend. Perez is enjoying his strongest Formula 1 campaign since he made his debut in 2011 but has scored points only once in Budapest, when he finished a low-key ninth in 2013. Perez has retired from the most recent two Hungarian Grands Prix and last year also rolled spectacularly during the first free practice session. "We have been strong in […]

Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2016

Perez felt fifth possible without Abbey off

Force India's Sergio Perez reckons he could have kept Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen at bay had he not spun in tricky conditions at Abbey during the British Grand Prix. Perez profited from the Virtual Safety Car to move up to fifth place, having started from 10th, but suffered a spin at Abbey and lost time. Perez was eventually overhauled by Raikkonen but preserved sixth position, narrowly ahead of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. "It’s a very good result for the team, with two cars in the points, […]

Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2016

Force India put out by brake failure

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 […]

Posted on Friday, July 1, 2016

Was Red Bull aggressive enough in Mexico?

Mexico was a strange race for many reasons and doing well was all about taking care not to fall into the trap of believing your own assumptions. Year two in a new venue, there were some assumptions from last year that needed to be debunked. There were 21 overtakes last year. But the reality was that most of those overtakes happened because teams had underestimated the braking requirements at altitude and this year were more prepared, so overtaking was really difficult. And that meant no […]

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Perez flattered by Ferrari speculation

Sergio Perez says it is flattering to have been linked with Ferrari following a strong run of form, but insists his focus remains on delivering results with Force India. Perez has moved up to eighth place in the standings after finishing on the podium in Monaco and Baku, having also qualified on the front row of the grid at the European Grand Prix. This weekend's Austrian Grand Prix begins a sequence of four races in five weekends and Perez says his focus remains on the […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mallya sets sights on more podium finishes

Force India team boss Vijay Mallya believes the squad can pick up further podium finishes in 2016 after its recent run of success. Sergio Perez collected third position in Monaco and followed it up with another podium in Baku, having also set the second quickest time during qualifying. With Force India a comfortable fifth in the Constructors' championship, Mallya reckons the outfit can push on and challenge for more top three results. "Seeing our team on the podium for the second time in less than […]

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016

Perez: Vettel scrap possible without penalty

Sergio Perez reckons he could have scrapped with Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel for second at the European Grand Prix, had he not been handed a grid penalty for a gearbox change. Perez crashed out of the final practice session on Saturday and the damage to his car meant he required an unscheduled gearbox change. Perez qualified on the front row of the grid but the sanction demoted him to seventh; however, he made progress during the race at the Baku City Circuit to move into […]

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016

Hulkenberg rues 'tough race' after Q2 error

Nico Hulkenberg believes he "paid for the mistake" he made during qualifying as he finished in ninth place at the European Grand Prix. Hulkenberg spun in Q2 and started the race from 12th position, before recovering to ninth place, despite being struck by Haas' Esteban Gutierrez on the first lap. With Hulkenberg's Force India team-mate Sergio Perez finishing on the podium, the German was left to rue his Saturday mistake. "It was a fairly tough race for me," said Hulkenberg. "The start was ok, but […]

Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2016

Perez thrilled by Force India podium return

Sergio Perez expressed his elation as he and Force India finished on the podium for the second time this season at the European Grand Prix. Perez qualified on the front row of the grid but was demoted to seventh after he picked up a gearbox penalty when he crashed out of the final practice session. Perez nonetheless recovered to fourth place in the race but was assured of third as Kimi Raikkonen picked up a time penalty in the pits. Perez, however, cemented third spot […]

Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hulkenberg 'bitter' after spin causes early exit

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg concedes he was left with a "bitter feeling" after he was eliminated from the second knockout session during qualifying for the European Grand Prix. Hulkenberg had been towards the sharp end of the grid throughout practice but spun exiting Turn 16 on his first lap in Q2 and was unable to clock a sufficiently quick time later in the session, leaving him in 12th position. Hulkenberg's woes were accentuated by the pace of team-mate Sergio Perez, who recorded the second […]