21 September

2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Race Report

Sahara Force India scored 8 points in Singapore with Sergio Perez racing to seventh and Nico Hulkenberg finishing in ninth place. The team now sits fifth in the championship with 117 points.

P7 Sergio Perez VJM07-02
Tyre strategy: Used SuperSoft (15 laps) - New Soft (14 laps) - New SuperSoft (1 lap) - New Soft (14 laps) - Used SuperSoft (16 laps)

Sergio: ďThe race really had everything for me and the final laps were very enjoyable. I was very happy with our performance today and, most importantly, we finished ahead of our direct competitors. Those in front of me at the end had big tyre degradation, but this affected me as well. When I caught the train ahead I didnít have much grip either and this made each one of the overtakes a bit more difficult. We managed our tyres perfectly and to go from P15 to P7 was the reward we deserved. It was a great result for the team; they did a fantastic job with the strategy and it worked very well for both Nico and me. Today was one of those results where the race gives you a fantastic feeling: itís more than just scoring the points - itís about how you gained the result. Everything gets thrown at you but you don't give up and come back strongly to get the points.Ē

P9 Nico Hulkenberg VJM07-04
Tyre strategy: Used SuperSoft (9 laps) - New SuperSoft (16 laps) - New Soft (6 laps) - New Soft (29 laps)

Nico: ďItís good to be in the points and from a team perspective itís been a successful day. This is always a difficult race, especially from a strategic point of view, and maybe we could have achieved even more today. After the safety car I had to do a 30-lap stint on the soft tyres and like most of the cars ahead I was running out of grip towards the end of the race. With hindsight it would have been better to pit again for fresh tyres and we probably could have finished even higher up, but itís always a difficult decision for the team with the information we had at the time. The good news is that we got two cars home in the points.Ē

Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director
ďTo come away from Singapore with eight points in our pocket and fifth place in the championship is a fantastic result. It was an eventful race, especially for Checo, and it was only in the closing laps that the race came back to us. We had to make some difficult decisions on the pit wall today, but I think on the whole we made the right ones. There was a bit of luck, too, but we made the most of our opportunities and Checo and Nico drove extremely well. It sets us up well for the final five races where itís crucial that we continue to score well with both cars.Ē
posted at 22:44:00 on 09/21/14 by webmaster - Category: races