F1 News: 2014 Japanese GP Race – Sahara Force India

Sahara Logo2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix: Race Report

Sahara Force India scored five points in today’s Japanese Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg finished in eighth place ahead of Sergio Perez in tenth.

P8 Nico Hulkenberg VJM07-04
Tyre strategy: New Wets (2 laps) – New Wets (10 laps) – New Inters (14 laps) – New Inters (17 laps) – New Inters (3 laps)

Nico: “Up until the final laps my race was going pretty well: I had good pace and a good feeling with the car. We made some progress early on, pitted late and we were able to jump a few cars in the first stop. I can’t say it was a very eventful afternoon for me; I was on my own for most of the time. The conditions were pretty difficult right from the start: visibility was pretty poor, even if you were in the first half of the pack. It was probably the same for everyone because it’s always a challenge in the wet. When the final safety car came out we decided to pit again as I had already been out on those tyres for a long time and I needed new rubber to finish the race. I am happy to get points after a difficult Saturday; we made up for it today. Suzuka is a difficult track to race on in the wet because there are lots of places where you can aquaplane and have a moment. I didn’t see what happened in the accident that ended the race, but I hope Jules is OK.”

P10 Sergio Perez VJM07-02
Tyre strategy: New Wets (2 laps) – New Wets (9 laps) – New Inters (14 laps) – New Inters (18 laps) – New Inters (2 laps)

Sergio: “The conditions were very difficult today. When we started the race I could not even see the car ahead of me. To begin with, it was just a race to avoid aquaplaning and trying to keep the car on the track because the visibility was very poor. Our strategy was working quite well, but I think we were unlucky to make our final stop, which dropped me down a couple of positions. Like everybody my thoughts are with Jules and I hope we hear some good news soon.”

Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal
“Our thoughts at the moment are with Jules Bianchi and we hope to hear positive news regarding his condition. It was a very dramatic race with action going on throughout the pack as the track dried initially before the rain returned. We took a risk at the end to pit both cars as the safety car came out, which would have protected us in the event of a restart. Both drivers drove very maturely and scored points, but everything has been overshadowed by the incident that brought the race to a premature end. Jules and everybody at Marussia are firmly in our thoughts at the moment.”

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