Force India lack some luck to get points

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F1 Grand Prix, GP China, Shanghai International Ciruitcn

Force India endured another difficult race where the team was unable to bring home any points. A close-fought Chinese Grand Prix saw Paul Di Resta finish in 12th place, while team-mate Nico Hulkenberg ended the race in 15th.

Paul Di Resta, VJM05/02, P12:
Tyre strategy: New soft, new medium, new medium
“It was an extremely close race today and although we were able to keep ourselves in the hunt, we were just missing the pace to catch people and make up any more ground. So it was a bit like the race in Australia where there were lots of cars running very close to each other and a lot of guys nursing their tyres. I think we made some good calls with the tyres and there were lots of different strategies playing out around us. It was also incredibly slippery offline with the marbles making things very tricky. So we go away from here knowing that we are not too far away from the other teams and determined to get the car dialled in nicely for Bahrain next week.”

Nico Hulkenberg, VJM05/03, P15:
Tyre strategy: Used soft, new medium, new medium
“I didn’t get a great start because there was a lot of wheelspin and I lost a few places straight away. Then I picked up some damage to my front wing on the first lap. I don’t think I hit anybody, but there was a lot of debris flying around going into turn one so maybe that’s when it happened. That made the first stint very difficult because there was massive understeer and I had to change the nose at my first stop. We targeted a two-stop strategy, which I think was the right choice because our pace was strong towards the end of the race and I closed up on the main pack, but I think we lost too much at the start to make a real impact in the race.”

Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal:
“We always felt that scoring points in today’s race would need an element of luck or attrition, but as it was we saw almost 100% reliability. Paul was in the mix for most of the race, fighting to get in the top ten and ending up just under eight seconds from seventh place, and just 22 seconds off second place, which shows how competitive the field was today. Nico’s race was compromised by a poor getaway and the front wing damage, but we take encouragement from the pace he showed, especially towards the end of the race. We know that our race pace relative to our midfield rivals is not too far away and hopefully we can continue to close the performance gap quickly. ”


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