SILVERSTONE, 6th July 2014 (F1Plus / Graham Keilloh) - After a good qualifying session for Force India yesterday, with both cars in the top seven, both of its drivers were disappointed with their race results in today’s British Grand Prix.
Nico Hulkenberg ended up eighth at the finish while Sergio Perez was out of the points in P11. Both rued both a difficult opening lap as well as tardy race pace more generally.
‘My start wasn’t great’ said Hulkenberg, ‘but different to Checo (Perez) I only lost two positions so it was damage limitation. But we had a pretty poor start really, we have to analyse and look into what happened.
‘But even after that once we got racing it was just very difficult…we didn’t have the pace, we’re struggling a lot with the balance and generally having no confidence in the car. So a tricky afternoon.
‘We just have to see what happens, if it’s just wind-related. We have to understand what happened today compared to yesterday, regroup ultimately and try again in Germany.’
Perez meanwhile dropped to the back on lap one, after a collision with Jean-Eric Vergne: ‘I had contact with Vergne on the first lap, he touched me on the rear and I basically went to last. So from then on it’s difficult to do anything; really struggled with the prime tyre in the beginning to make up positions when I had slow cars in front, so I lost a lot of lap time there. And then on the option the car performed a lot better.
‘(I’m) really disappointed, from the grid position we had yesterday I was hoping for a lot more.’
Perez also suggested that the Silverstone team is falling behind its rivals in the development battle: ‘I think we are falling back, obviously this track didn’t suit us at all, and we were very lucky to qualify where we qualified yesterday. Anyway I think in the race we could have done a little better and we deserved a little bit more points.’