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Force India failed to score in Hungary – a particularly crucial result when considering that Williams pulled away again for seventh position in the Constructors’ Championship. As Nico Hülkenberg and Paul di Resta finished 11th and 12th, Bruno Senna collected six points for seventh place in the 69-lap race.
As a result of Budapest, Williams heads into the Formula 1 summer break seven points ahead of Force India, with Sauber a further 27 ahead. With this in mind, Force India Team Principal and Managing Director Vijay Mallya is somewhat concerned.
“We’ve shown flashes of speed this weekend, but ultimately we haven’t been consistent enough to achieve our goal of finishing in the points,” the Indian explains. “We didn’t qualify well enough and that hurt us because there was little chance to progress on a track where overtaking is so difficult.
“There was no room to improvise with the strategy and our two-stop approach was definitely the right call, considering the cars that we were racing against. We will take the positives from the last few days and try to understand where we can find more performance so that we can come back stronger after the summer break.”
Before the season began, Force India aimed for a top five finishing position overall. It now sits three places and 60 points away from Mercedes-Benz.
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