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Force India with two flavors out of Austin

Nico Hulkenberg had to fight hard to hold off both Williams to secure a valuable eight place. His teammate had a different less positive outcome.
Sunday, November 18, 2012

November 18th, 2012 (F1plus / Gustavo A. Roche) -. Things at Force India did not change much when compared to the starting position of each of its drivers, actually they were slightly worse.

The team had improved from Friday practice, and at the early stages of the race it seemed like both drivers could end in the points, even Di Resta who started from 13th.

At the end, the VJM05 lost too much in performance and only Hulkenberg was able to save an excellent eight place after fighting very hard to contain Senna and then Maldonado in the last laps.

“Another tough race but very satisfying to have so many good battles and score another four points. I think we squeezed the maximum from the car and should be pleased with what we achieved.

“For the first few laps we looked very strong, but after lap ten the tyres started to fade away. When we switched to the hard tyres we were not so competitive so it was just a case of pushing hard to stay in the points.

“The last few laps were not easy because I was getting massive pressure from the Williams pair, who were very quick through sector one. They had the advantage of DRS and it was not easy to keep them behind me. There was quite a bit of fighting but I managed to stay ahead.” Hulkenberg said.

The Scot had a different and somewhat bizarre story to tell. A great start put him in eight –a five place move- , then things started to fall apart. A late first pit entrance, and an unscheduled second one that basically took away any points finish possibility. He finsihed 15th, a two-place drop from his grid position.

“I made a good start and for the first few laps we were in quite a strong position and moving forward with good lap times. Maybe we waited too long before pitting because I became vulnerable to Senna after my stop and was struggling on cold tyres with tyre warm-up.

“I couldn’t keep Senna behind me and then I had the same situation with Maldonado. I was fighting a lot of oversteer in the car and made an error in turn 19, lost the rear, and spun. I was just trying a bit too hard to keep the cars behind me. That gave me some flat spots on my tyres so I had to pit for a second time. From there it was difficult to fight back because it was a clear one-stop race.” Di Resta said.

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