At its ‘home,’ in the Indian Grand Prix Formula One race, Sahara Force India was delighted to be back among points.
After performing without a point in Korea and Japan, Force India gathered six points at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) here on Sunday and strengthened the possibility of hanging on to its sixth position on the constructors’ championship with a total of 68.
Paul di Resta, who went without a point in the last seven races, was a relieved man to finish eighth. “It’s great to score points here in India — the team’s home Grand Prix and a really important race for us.
“We took an aggressive strategy by pitting at the end of the first lap to change from softs to medium tyres. After that we effectively split the race in two and I pitted again for my second set of medium tyres on lap 30.
“The other positive is that we have steadily improved the car over the last few weeks and I am feeling more comfortable, so I think we can be optimistic of performing at a similar level in Abu Dhabi next week.”
Adrian Sutil, who was the last driver to pit on lap 42 before finishing ninth for two points, was pleased with the result.
“My one-stop strategy was the riskier approach and it was only during the race that we decided to go ahead with it. The medium tyres, which I started on, were performing really well and I realised that doing a one-stop race was possible.
“We thought that the soft tyres would only last around five laps, so I made sure I really looked after them, and in the end I managed just under twenty laps. After some difficult races recently, we showed everybody what we can achieve with some great teamwork today.”
Principal Vijay Mallya said the team had the target to score points at the BIC. “The second half of the season has been challenging for us, but we showed today that we never give up and that all the recent hard work has paid off. With just three races remaining, we will go to Abu Dhabi determined to keep up this momentum,” he said.