Force India missed out on points in the Chinese Grand prix with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finishing the race in Shanghai in eleventh and twelfth places.
“We were so close to scoring points, but the events of the race didn’t really help us”. Ocon commented. “It was a messy start and we lost some time, and we didn’t make any progress. The race was starting to come back to us because we pitted early and the two-stop strategy looked to be working well. We were on course to finish in the points until the Safety Car came out. After that, it was a big push until the end of the race. But I was stuck behind Grosjean for too long and he defended very well. Ultimately this costs me the chance of overtaking [Kevin] Magnussen and getting back in the points. It’s another race where things didn’t play into our hands, but the pace was competitive so we focus on the positives.”
Sahara Force India missed out on points in the Chinese Grand prix with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finishing the race in Shanghai in eleventh and twelfth places
Perez said for him it was another race ruined on the first lap.
“The start was chaotic and I ran into a lot of trouble. I was pushed wide by a Renault at the exit of turn four and lost a lot of places there. That pretty much ruined our whole weekend. We were suddenly on the back foot, on the weaker tyre and there was very little I could do. We got close to the points and the team made a strategy call that gave me an opportunity to try and pass Kevin [Magnussen]. But there was not enough time. We can focus on the positives: we are getting closer to our competition. [On Saturday] we took a step forward; we made another improvement [in the race] and I am confident that once we get to Europe we can start picking up some stronger results.”
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— Sahara Force India (@ForceIndiaF1) April 16, 2018