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Mixed feelings at Force India

Paul di Resta finished with a good eight place, but Hulkenberg had to retired late in the race.
Monday, September 10, 2012

September 9, 2012 (F1plus Team).- Today was a peculiar race for Force India. It felt it was along one for their drivers who had to fight hard for their positions. At the end it was somewhat rewarding to see Paul di Resta to keep it together and be able to take home few points, four to be precise. 

On the other side, Hulkenberg's retirement late on the race because of brake issues, was a bit of a blow. 

Team Principal, Vijay Mallya comented:  “I think we made the most of a challenging race today. Despite the speed we showed yesterday, we did not have the race pace early on to fight the cars ahead of us.

"The one-stop strategy worked well for us and the car was coming on strong in the closing stages of the race". He added. 

Di Resta had sort of two races into one, given his struggle at the begining and his gradual improvement as the race moved on. 

“I struggled at the start with the heavy fuel load and didn’t really have the race pace on the medium tyres. Things improved after my stop when I was running the hard compound and our pace was much stronger towards the end of the race." Di Resta said. 

"But there was no way I could keep the Mercedes behind me and with their two-stop strategy they had a bit more speed than us. It’s good to extend our lead over Williams with a few more points, but obviously Sauber look strong and outperformed a lot of people. The scotman added. 

Hulkenberg did come to the race with good hopes because of his recent 4th place finish at Spa, but the german was very back at the grid in P24. Therefore it was going to be hard for him to finish in the points, regardless of his effort. 

“It’s always frustrating to start right at the back and I knew it was going to be difficult to come through the pack – even with a quick car. I had a few good fights in the race – so from that point of view it was fun, but I was struggling with my brakes from lap one with a long pedal and I lost more performance as the race went on.

"Towards the end it became a safety concern so we decided to retire the car. It’s not been a particularly memorable weekend for me, but at least the team scored some points with the other car.” Hulkenberg said. 

Nico Hulkenberg with the crowd in the back.

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