Sahara Force India F1 team continues improvement at Spanish GP
The Sahara Force India Formula 1 team sponsored by BWTscored 22 points in the Spanish Grand Prix as Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon raced to fourth and fifth place finishes and those results solidified the team’s hold on fourth place in the 2017 F1 constructors’ championship. Perez now in seventh place in the F1 driver championship followed by Ocon in eighth The BWT “Pink Panthers” are the only team that has a 100% points-scoring record in all five races this season a huge credit to the hard work of the race team and factory.
Sergio Perez started the race from the eight starting spot in his #11 VJM10-02 on used Pirelli Soft compound tires, pitted on lap 19 for new Pirelli soft tires then pitted on lap 35 for four new Pirelli Medium compound tires which he used for the final 31 laps.
After just missing a podium appearance, Sergio said that “It has been an incredible day for us and I’m very proud of our team and the job we have done all weekend. Everything worked out for us and we have come away with some big points. We made the most of the opportunities that came up and we were there when it mattered to pick up the points. I didn’t make the best start, but I stayed out of trouble and made it safely around the first lap. Then I kept my head down, managed my speed and controlled the race to bring the car home.”
Esteban Ocon started the Spanish Grand Prix directly behind Perez on the gird in tenth place in his #31 VJM10-02 on used Pirelli Soft compound tires, pitted on lap 17 for another set of used Pirelli soft tires then pitted on lap 35 for a set of new Pirelli Mediums which he used for the final 31 laps.
Ocon commented aft the race that “I’m really happy today. Fifth place is a great result for me and, together with Checo (Perez) in fourth, a fantastic day for the team. It’s a great ending to a weekend where we worked incredibly hard and it’s a nice reward for everybody in the team. The car was fast in qualifying and we were on the pace straight away yesterday. We kept pushing and we showed good speed in the race as well. Sure, there were some circumstances this afternoon that helped us, but you need to be ready to take the opportunities when they come your way. Once we had made it through the first lap chaos, we had the pace to easily keep ahead of all the cars behind and we could manage our race.”
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