Force India: We achieved objective that we set ourselves coming into the weekend
25 November, 2013
Sahara Force India confirmed its sixth place in the constructors’ championship today as the 2013 Formula 1 season came to a close in Sao Paulo.
P11. Paul Di Resta VJM06-04: “The light rain made for quite a tricky race, but it was also enjoyable with lots of overtaking. Losing six places off the line with too much wheelspin was a key moment and really put us on the backfoot, but the performance of the car in the race was consistent and we achieved the two-stop race. We chose to extend each stint but I struggled for performance on the Hard tyre at the end and I wasn’t able to challenge Ricciardo for the final point. However, I think we can go away from here quite satisfied with what we achieved today and with the year as a whole. Although I missed out on a top ten position in the Championship, it’s been a successful season, an incredible journey and I want to say a massive thanks to the team for the job they’ve done this year.”
P13. Adrian Sutil VJM06-03: “It was quite a challenging final race and I was really hoping for some points, but it just wasn’t possible today. It was drizzling with rain for most of the race, but I felt quite sure [that] the track was going to stay mostly dry. The main issue for me was the tyre wear because we had to stop three times and that made it [difficult] to race for points. In the final laps I was catching the train of cars ahead of me, but I didn’t get close enough to change my position. It’s been an up and down season, but I will remember the positives and the fact the team is once again in sixth place in the Championship, which is a great effort by everybody.”
Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal: “Although we missed out on points today, we achieved the objective that we set ourselves coming into the weekend to defend our sixth place in the Championship. In the end we did that quite comfortably, which is a real credit to everybody at Sahara Force India. It means we’ve finished in the top six twice in the last three seasons, consolidating our reputation as being the best non-manufacturer team. I thought Paul and Adrian both drove well today, although the ground Paul lost at the start proved quite costly. His race pace was good on the two-stop strategy, but the final point was out of reach. Adrian suffered more with tyre wear and had to stop three times. Looking back on the season as a whole I think we can be proud of our performance. The start of the year was exceptional and we recaptured our form in the final few races. We look forward to the challenge of 2014 and will come back determined to pick up where we left off.”
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