Force India secures 18 points from Brazilian Grand Prix, seals fourth position in F1 championship

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 14 November 2016, 12:36 PM
Force India - File Photo
Force India - File Photo

Sahara Force India has virtually sealed a historic fourth position in the constructors championship after securing 18 points from the rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix. 

Force India drivers Sergio Perez finished an impressive fourth and Nico Hulkenberg seventh in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

With this performance, Force India now have 163 points, 27 more than closest rival Williams, who failed to secure asingle point from the penultimate race of the season.

Valtteri Bottas finished 11th, just outside the points bracket while local hero Felipe Massa crashed out early into the race.

Last season, Force India had finished fifth with 136 points and with one race to go in Abu Dhabi, the team is set to record is best ever finish unless Williams come up with a dramatic show in the season-ending race.

It was second-best performance of the season for Perez, who has savoured two podiums this season.

"What a fun but tense race today. It's a shame to lose a podium place in the last two laps, but Max [Verstappen] just had a different pace. He was the fastest on track and there was nothing I could do to keep him behind," Perez said.

"Even though I am a bit disappointed, we can still celebrate a great race and an incredible result, especially considering the conditions we had out there today. Just getting to the finish line on a day like this feels like avictory, and to bring home fourth is a very important result."

Hulkenberg said it was an intense race. "I don?t know whether to laugh or cry because I think a possible podium slipped away today. I had great confidence in the car, felt comfortable and I had the pace to push and overtake," the German said.

"There were some scary moments in the race, especially when Kimi crashed in front of me. Some of his debris hit mycar and caused a lot of damage.

At least I survived that, but then I picked up a puncture from the debris, which was sofrustrating because it dropped me down to the back of the field. Without the puncture, who knows where I might have finished Im happy and proud of myself and the team. We did a great job, but we were just missing a bit of luck."