Hulkenberg gets 4 more points for Force India

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F1 Grand Prix, GP United States, Circuit of The Americasus

Sahara Force India picked up four points in today’s United States Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg finished in eighth place. The result means the team has scored points in the last eight races. Paul Di Resta came home in P15.

Nico Hulkenberg, VJM05/03, 8th:
Tyre strategy: Used medium, new hard
“Another tough race but very satisfying to have so many good battles and score another four points. I think we squeezed the maximum from the car and should be pleased with what we achieved. For the first few laps we looked very strong, but after lap ten the tyres started to fade away. When we switched to the hard tyres we were not so competitive so it was just a case of pushing hard to stay in the points. The last few laps were not easy because I was getting massive pressure from the Williams pair, who were very quick through sector one. They had the advantage of DRS and it was not easy to keep them behind me. There was quite a bit of fighting but I managed to stay ahead.”

Paul Di Resta, VJM05/04, 15th:
Tyre strategy: New medium, new hard, new hard
“I made a good start and for the first few laps we were in quite a strong position and moving forward with good lap times. Maybe we waited too long before pitting because I became vulnerable to Senna after my stop and was struggling on cold tyres with tyre warm-up. I couldn’t keep Senna behind me and then I had the same situation with Maldonado. I was fighting a lot of oversteer in the car and made an error in turn 19, lost the rear, and spun. I was just trying a bit too hard to keep the cars behind me. That gave me some flat spots on my tyres so I had to pit for a second time. From there it was difficult to fight back because it was a clear one-stop race.”

Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director:
“Today’s race was a brilliant showcase for Formula One and the perfect way to kick off the sport’s return to America. We saw some great racing and the track looked spectacular. Nico was back in the points again and drove very well to finish eighth. For the final part of the race he came under heavy pressure from Senna and Maldonado, but he didn’t make any mistakes and kept them at bay. Williams are close competitors in the championship so it was important to outscore them here. Paul’s race looked promising in the early stages, but tyre issues and a spin cost him dearly and ruled out any chance of points. With the season coming to a close we will look to continue our run of points-scoring finishes in Sao Paulo and hopefully end the season on a high note next weekend.”