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Strong double points finish for Force India in China

Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth, while Sergio Perez fought through the field to finish ninth from 16th on the grid
Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 20th, 2014 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Today's Chinese Grand Prix saw Force India record the team's third double points finish of the season, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth and Sergio Perez ninth.

Perez in particular was impressive for Force India, after problems in qualifying left him down in 16th on the grid. He made up seven positions by the end of the race to score two World Championship points. The Mexican driver expressed his satisfaction with his result:

“To start from P16 and finish in ninth place is a good recovery after a difficult qualifying session yesterday. I made a good start and after that I just focussed on making the two-stop strategy work. I think everybody suffered with tyre graining and I picked up a few flat spots, but we still made it work.

"It was not easy to overtake today, even the cars on a different strategy, so I think ninth place was the maximum. It means I’ve scored points in three out of four races, but I was hoping for more today after the weekend we had in Bahrain.

"It’s also clear that all the teams around us are finding pace so we have to keep working hard to be ready for Barcelona."

Nico Hulkenberg has finished in the points in all four races so far this season. Before the Chinese Grand Prix he was third in the Drivers' Championship. His sixth place in China, although it delivered him 8 points, was not quite enough to maintain that third place. Fernando Alonso's podium in China put him ahead of Hulkenberg, who is now fourth in the standings.

Hulkenberg described his afternoon in China:

"Finishing in sixth and bringing both cars home in the points again was a very positive result for the team. It was actually a pretty straightforward race for me after we got in front of Massa: I had to manage my tyres, my pace and avoid mistakes, and it only got tricky at the end when Bottas was getting a bit closer.

"We have beaten all other customer Mercedes cars, which are our main competition at the moment, but we have also seen some other teams up their game so we will need to keep pushing."

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