Monday, 29 September 2014

Sahara Force India Japanese Grand Prix Preview

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(Sahara Force India Formula One Team)

The Sahara Force India Formula One Team head to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka this weekend having reclaimed fifth place in the Constructors championship from McLaren Mercedes last time out at the Singapore Grand Prix. The Silverstone based outfit are currently six points ahead of the McLaren Mercedes team with five race's to go this season.

Sahara Force India have now scored points in every race so far this season with the exception of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg commented:

'Suzuka is one of the best circuits of the year. I think it’s quite similar to Spa in terms of the feeling you get inside the car. 

It’s just a great place to experience a Formula One car and it’s a lot of fun. There are some big corners, especially the ‘S’ curves, which are very technical. Finding the right balance is very important for being quick in these long, sweeping corners. The last couple of years I’ve scored good points in Japan so I want to add some more this year.

It’s also a fun weekend outside of the car: the fans really show their love for the teams and drivers, and they’re very sweet and respectful. When we travel from the hotel to the track they are always there standing on the side of the road waving at us with both hands. 

I’m also a big fan of Japanese food, so it’s a good chance to enjoy the local food, especially the teppanyaki.'

Last time out in Singapore, Sergio Perez drove a fantastic race to come from 15th place on the grid to finish the race in 7th place. Commentig ahead of this weekend's race the Mexican said:

'Suzuka is such an exciting circuit. It’s a classic full of great corners in every sector. It’s a track where confidence with your car is especially important because you need to find the flow of the lap, especially in the first sector from turns two to seven where you have to be totally committed. The key is to be precise, but it’s very technical and not easy to hit every apex.
“Because there are so many high-speed corners, it’s not easy to follow cars closely and overtaking is very difficult. It’s possible, though, and I remember having a good battle with Lewis [Hamilton] two years ago.
“We meet great fans during the season wherever we go, but I would rate the fans in Japan as some of the best. They have a lot of love for Formula One and they have always been very kind to me. It is always fantastic to come back to this country because they help make this race a special one.'

The team will be hoping that thy can continue their 2014 points scoring run and extend their lead over McLaren Mercedes in the race for fifth place in the Constructors championship with just five race's remaining this season.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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