Saturday, 9 May 2015

Tough day at the office for the Sahara Force India Formula One Team in Spain

(© Ben Johnston 2015)

The Sahara Force India Formula One Team endured an extremely tough qualifying session for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix, the opening race of the European leg of the 2015 as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio ‘Checco’ Perez will start the race from 17th and 18th place respectively. The Silverstone based outfit have endured a difficult start to their season as they are currently in 8th place in the championship on eleven points.

Speaking following today’s qualifying, Nico Hulkenberg stated:

Barcelona is always a big test of downforce and car balance, and that’s where we are struggling at the moment, so it made for a difficult day. To be honest, I was hoping for a bit more than P17 because I was P12 in final practice, but it was much hotter and windier this afternoon which didn’t help us. My final lap was not great, but it’s not easy when the car is working in such a narrow window. The long run performance yesterday looked more promising so I would like to think we can race with the Saubers and the McLarens tomorrow.

Sergio ‘Checco’ Perez commented on his day saying:

It hasn't been an ideal weekend so far, even though we always knew this was going to be one of our weaker circuits in qualifying. We just don’t have the performance in the car at the moment and, on a track with so many high-speed corners, that really hurts your lap time. However, we have to remain optimistic about the race: we may be starting in a low position, but that doesn't mean we cannot fight hard and we know that our race pace is looking more competitive. It’s going to be hard, but it's a long race and we will give everything to try and get a good result.

The Silverstone based outfit will introduce a new B spec car ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Speaking following the day of on track action, Sahara Force India Deputy Team Principal Robert Fernley stated:

We always knew that the characteristics of this track would give us a tough task this weekend and our grid positions are a reflection of that. Although we’ve struggled for one lap pace, the longer runs yesterday give us cause for some optimism and I think we can still race well on Sunday afternoon. The race won't be an easy one, but there’s no doubt that both drivers will push hard to move forward and will be targeting some points.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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