Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Fernley describes Perez's Singapore as 'outrageous'

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(Sahara Force India Formula One Team)

A delighted Sahara Force India F1 deputy team principal Robert Fernley has described Sergio 'Checco' Perez's performance at last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix as 'outrageous' following the Mexican's stunning drive from 15th place on the grid to finish the race in the points in seventh place which moved the Silverstone based outfit back into fifth place in the Constructors championship overtaking McLaren.

Nico Hulkenberg who scored two points for the outfit which means the team now have a six point advantage over the Woking based outfit.

Perez's performance was made even better by the fact that he recovered following a clash with the Sauber F1 Team's Adrian Sutil which resulted in the Force India driver losing his front wing which went under his VJM07 which brought out the safety car in order for the debris to be picked up. Fernley said:

'The safety car brought it all back again, and credit to the engineering team, they took a courageous decision to bring him in, At the time it looked quite outrageous, but it obviously paid off. It was a gamble and it could have gone the other way.'

The team gambled on a four stop strategy for Perez, which in the end worked out extremely well after a difficult qualifying on Saturday. Speaking about Nico Hulkenberg's performance, Fernley stated:

'Nico did a fabulous job, because ideally we wanted to bring Nico in and do what we did with Checo. We'd already got Nico in a position where he was clearly behind Jenson and we were minimising any damage.'

Force India have scored points in all but race so far this season.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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