2018 Chinese GP – Sahara Force India

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2018 Chinese GP – Sahara Force India

2018 CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Sahara Force India missed out on points today with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finishing the Chinese Grand Prix in eleventh and twelfth places.

P11 – ESTEBAN OCON – VJM11-01
Strategy: New Soft (11 laps) – New Soft (20 laps) – New UltraSoft (25 laps)

Esteban: “We were so close to scoring points today, but the events of the race didn’t really help us. 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 cost me the chance of overtaking 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.”

P12 – SERGIO PEREZ – VJM11-02
Strategy: Used UltraSoft (12 laps) – New Soft (20 laps) – New Soft (24 laps)

Sergio: “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. Yesterday we took a step forward; we made another improvement today and I am confident that once we get to Europe we can start picking up some stronger results.”

ROBERT FERNLEY, DEPUTY TEAM PRINCIPAL

“A difficult opening lap put us on the back foot and saw both cars drop down the order. Despite a pace advantage we were stuck in traffic, which forced us to pit both cars early in an attempt to undercut the cars ahead of us. Both cars were following two-stop strategies and after the Safety Car it was a case of trying to recover to the points, which we very nearly did. It was one of those afternoons where a combination of factors played against us and into the hands of others. The pace of the car was solid and that’s definitely a positive to take away we prepare for Baku.”

2018-07-17T22:57:00+00:00April 15th, 2018|Chinese Grand Prix, Formula One, Sahara Force India|