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The pilot Force India Sergio Perez was pleased with the eighth result shown in the qualification of Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.Sergio Perez "my Window has shown good results. Yes, we had a real struggle on the track, but it was worth it. I definitely could have done better, but traffic and temperature kept me on a fast lap. I am sure that tomorrow we will show a good race.Tomorrow it will be a tight battle with Renault as our results are very tight".
The pilot of Renault, Nico Hulkenberg's first day in the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi finished the ninth.Nico Hulkenberg "Quite a standard Friday, to be honest. This morning we made sure that the engine is stretched more than we had planned, and then returned to the normal program.To be honest, between us, Force India and McLaren is not such a big gap. I think it will be a tight fight in qualifying. We need to squeeze a little more speed to the race start in more favourable conditions".
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso on the first day of Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi showed 10-th result.Fernando Alonso "Today we had a productive day. No matter how many points we can take on Sunday, our position in the League, it seems, is already sealed, so this last Friday we with a high priority were testing new products.Today we checked much, but everything went pretty smoothly. The team did a wonderful job completing all tasks. Tomorrow we will try to reach the final, even if it will be a tough task. We will fight with Williams, Renault and Force India".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez on the results practices Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi was in seventh position.Sergio Perez "in Addition to the usual preparations for the week-end, we tested different innovations for the next year. In total we checked out the work to a whole lot of different things.The first practice was not in the best conditions to prepare for the race and qualifying, but the second practice caused our team a wave of joy and optimism. The balance of the car is an area where we need to improve. On long series of circles we looked very strong - this is our trump card. We still have some work to do, but we're starting the weekend with a good base. For one night only we will be able to add some more".
The leadership of the Force India abandoned plans to rename the team to Force One in 2018.Previously, the team from Silverstone has said it wants to abandon the word India in its name to attract more international sponsors. But the name Force One was rejected by the company Liberty Media, which owns the rights to Formula 1.Sports Director of the Force India Otmar, Szafnauer "the New name must be interesting to all fans around the world. However, the new leadership of the championship, believes that the Force One can easily be reduced to F1".
The Russian Nikita Mazepin will participate in the tests, which will be held in Abu Dhabi at the end of November, in the composition of the Force India.Mazepin will work completely the first day of testing. On the second day of tests will be shared cockpit combat pilots Force India Sergio Perez and Esteban Windows.Recall that part of the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi in the Williams will hold Sergey Sirotkin.
The head of Honda Yusuke Hasegawa said that the gap in power between Japanese power plant and other competitors are gradually reduced.Yusuke Hasegawa "in Monza our engine was at a decent level. It all depends on the track. Our competitors sometimes faster, sometimes faster than we are. I can say that our team is almost equal in speed with Williams, Force India and Renault.We were able to maximize current performance of the engine in Brazil, which is encouraging before the last race in Abu Dhabi.From the point of view of power, we are a little behind other manufacturers engines. But we are reducing the gap.We have not had any problems with reliability, which is also encouraging".
A graduate of the Mercedes George Russell said he was ready for a career in Formula 1. There is an assumption that young Brit next season will be the reserve pilot Force India.George Russell "I'm ready for the season in Formula 1. I have done a lot for Mercedes, I worked a lot in the simulator. Feel well prepared, and this year I won the GP3 championship.If you look at the facts, the only options are Williams or Sauber, but we will see.One of the reasons I really want to take part in the tests at the end of the year with Force India is a possibility that may open after this work. For example, in January, if something happens, I will jump for joy. I will definitely take my chance".
In Brazil the staff of Mercedes, Williams and FIA was subjected to an armed assault during movement between the track and the hotel. Felipe Massa believes that this is a big problem for the future of his homeland.Lewis Hamilton "I was terrified when I found out about the incident. The saddest thing is that I'm already in the League for about ten years, and every year at least someone from the paddock becomes the victim of local bandits. The organizers are also responsible, because they must guarantee us security."Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "Brazil is a great country, but we don't need armored vehicles to safely travel from the hotel to the highway".Felipe Massa "It's very sad not only for those who are experiencing such problems, but also for Brazilians. All of this suggests that the time has come for the country to develop further and not to stand still.We race in Mexico, we were in India, and I don't know, is it dangerous there as it is here.But for the responsible people it is a problem, because they have to ensure safety for everyone who comes onto the stage.I love Brazil, but at the moment I'm not coming back here to live. My son is studying in Monaco, he speaks three languages, which is important for its future. Perhaps in the future I would like to come back here when there are safer and better".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows believes that if his team had more money then she could fight for the title.Esteban Windows "Frankly, if all teams had an equal budget or if we had a budget of top teams, many would be surprised that would show the Force India".Force India is now in an interesting situation the team secured fourth place in the Cup of designers, and each new point will cost extra money, since the amount of the entry fee for next season depends on the gains made this year points.Esteban Windows "to Fight for points has become unprofitable for us, because every point you earn is worth 5,500 euros. Now it only robs us of money from the budget".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez in Brazil finished devletim. At the end of the race he caught up with a few Weight-Alonso, but to overtake any of them failed.Sergio Perez "the Race was very difficult from start to finish. We have fought with Alonso in the first turn, which cost me several positions. We had enough pace to today in perfect conditions to finish in seventh position. But my inability to move was very difficult because of the temperature, because only I started to attack, as the degradation of the rubber made me abandon the idea. We even changed our strategy, but it was not enough to achieve their goals.The last few laps I spent in a close fight with Alonso and Massa. Massa was very fast in the final sector, while Alonso had the advantage in the second and in the DRS zones. Perhaps if the race lasted just a lap longer I would be able to overtake them both. Considering how the entire race went, I'm happy with the results".
On the first lap of the race in Brazil Roman Grosjean crashed into Esteban's Windows, which the pilot Force India has gone.Even during the race Grosjean earned a 10-second penalty, which worked during the pit stop. After the finish the stewards of the Brazilian Grand Prix gave the Frenchman two penalty points.
The pilot of Renault Nico Hulkenberg at the end of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix was on the 8th position.Nico Hulkenberg "Today our result and the car was equally good. I can be happy with yourself and your rate. We had great rounds in the final.Of course, I'd like a little more rain to the peloton mixed up, but that didn't happen. Well, the goal for tomorrow is to finish in the points. This is a reasonable goal, but we have to fight with the pilots Force India, McLaren and Williams. Let's see what happens in the race".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez in qualifying Grand Prix of Brazil was sixth.Sergio Perez "I am very satisfied with today's result, especially considering how hard it was to work in tandem with the latest qualifications. It was a good fight, because the final was very hard, but I managed in difficult conditions to be sixth. This is our high for today.I have to say "thank you" to the team for all the latest upgrades, because they help us to fight for the finals. The engineers worked so hard and today's result was their merit. I'm glad to be back in the fight in the third round, and I now look forward to the race. Let's see if the rain will go - it will help us to achieve our goals".
In the team Williams Felipe Massa drove a qualifying score with their partner and 172. The most equal fight to Sauber, where Pascal Wehrlein is leading with a score 107.Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas 13-6Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel - Kimi Raikkonen 14-5Red Bull, Daniel Riccardo - Max Verstappen 6-13Force India, Sergio Perez - Esteban Windows 12-7Williams, Felipe Massa - lance Stroll 17-2McLaren, Fernando Alonso - Stoffel Vandorn 15-3Toro Rosso, Pierre went Out - Brendon Hartley 0-2Renault, Nico - Carlos Sainz 2-1Haas, Roman Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen 12-7Sauber, Marcus Ericsson - Pascal Wehrlein 7-10.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows in the practice of the Brazilian Grand Prix showed the 7th result.Esteban Windows "I'm happy today. This morning the car was not in the best condition, but we made a big step forward during the second practice. Now the car feels much better, so that is another good work from the team that made the right decisions throughout the day. We need to continue to improve tomorrow and hopefully we will be able to fight for the finals of qualification.To work on the track was very hard physically because it was so hot and humid, a bit like Singapore. I wasn't expecting it, and it was one of the worst days this year".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez commented on their goals for the upcoming Grand Prix of Brazil.Sergio Perez "I like Interlagos. For me it's always a special race in the championship. The track is difficult, very difficult. Then feel how the kart track. There's a good mix of turns of varying difficulty. All this allows for an interesting race full of surprises.Rain may begin just suddenly changing the course of the battle for the victory. I remember a rain race last year when I almost made it to the podium. I still regret the missed opportunity. I would love to and this time it was raining - this will allow me to fight for a good result.I like to visit Brazil, because it reminds me of Mexico and I'm always here very relaxed. I feel great support from the fans, and the atmosphere in the stands gives me a lot more energy."Last year, Perez finished fourth. Three laps to go, Sergio was not able to keep behind max Verstappen and missed it forward.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez admitted that he was impressed with the performances of Esteban's Windows this year.Sergio Perez "I didn't think he would have such results in the first year. Even with a poorly configured machine Esteban still managed to quickly fly. This is one of his strengths, and I have to learn it.Recently he was also able to significantly improve their results in qualifying. For me, it's good to have a teammate who constantly pushes forward."For two stages before the end of the season, Perez is in 7th place in the championship with 92 points. Windows is losing the partner Force India just 9 points.
The pilot of Renault Niko Hulkenberg told about his attitude to the Grand Prix of Brazil, who should go this weekend.Nico Hulkenberg "It's a special place for me, one of my favorite tracks on the calendar.So Paulo is a crazy city and I love it. The food, the people - everyone is really attractive, and familiarity with the world is a unique experience.The road is just a huge story, we often put the fate of Championships. You can feel the history and emotions that rage here during each race. The track is very short, difficult and bumpy, so a good result here is incredibly difficult."In 2010, Hulkenberg, then the debutant of the Formula 1, won the pole in Brazil, driving a Williams. Two years later, Nico, then the pilot Force India, and led the race, but lost his chances for the podium after a collision with Lewis Hamilton.
COO Force India Otmar, Szafnauer believes that his team has a reason to risk the rest of the season.Othmar, Szafnauer "We're going the remaining two races to hold a few different. On Fridays we will test some serious decisions for next year. It's a big risk, but tests of these components will help next year. If we lose some time on Friday in preparation for the race - we are ready to go at it."Team Force India has already secured fourth place in the constructors ' championship.
Brazilian newspaper UOL reports that Daniil Kvyat talks with the McLaren team, however, only on the role of backup pilot.Kvyat lost his place in Toro Rosso and now hopes to stay in Formula 1 as a backup pilot. Earlier there was information that Daniel would be given a role in Force India.As for McLaren, there is likely a reserve pilot will be Lando Norris, the champion of Euroseries Formula 3.
Deputy head of the Force India Bob Fearnley believes that the podium in Mexico was quite possible.Bob Fearnley "We fought for the podium. Usually we don't worry about Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes, because you can't beat them. But in Mexico had the opportunity, so we developed a strategy that would help to succeed.It was worth doing. It was a good try, but, in the end, we didn't have enough strength to hold back Ferrari. If not, the virtual machine security, we would be able to get ahead of Raikkonen in the pit stops. And so we are unable to keep Kimi and Vettel".In the previous two years, the pilot Force India once stood on the podium. This year to finish above fourth place never happened.
The Force India team ahead of schedule won the fourth place in the constructors ' championship, repeating his last year's achievement.There are two races in which any team can theoretically score 86 points. However, the gap from Force India Williams is 99 points, and the gap from Red Bull - almost 200 points.In the drivers ' championship, apparently, Sergio Perez and Esteban Windows will compete for seventh and eighth places.The number of points Force India have already beaten last year's achievement - 175 points against 173. However, last season there were two podiums, but this time none. But there is still two races.
Force India admitted that can lose Esteban aukon after the season 2018. As you know, the career of a young Frenchman supports Mercedes, and in 2019 he can become a partner Lewis Hamilton.Sports Director of the Force India Otmar, Szafnauer "We will release Esteban. He is a Mercedes driver. The company has financed his career, and therefore they have a certain right to it. We don't want to deny him the opportunity to play in a top team".
In Mexico, the pilot Force India Esteban Windows finished fifth, equalling his best result in his career. In the first half of the race the Frenchman was third, but then missed both pilots of Ferrari.Esteban Windows "It's a great day for the team. Fifth place in the race and fourth place in the championship - a fantastic achievement after a strong season. For a while I thought that the podium is possible, because I've been sitting in third place. I had a great start and then did everything they could in the free space of the track. Unfortunately, the virtual machine security gave Kimi the advantage during the pit stops and he was able to catch up with me.The last few laps of the race with Stroller behind me was difficult. He had more fresh tires, and he managed to catch me, so I had to give everything in this fight to stay ahead. When you work so hard to achieve the result, it feels very positive, so I'm looking forward to today's celebration".
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows on the qualification of the Grand Prix of Mexico was in 6-th position.Esteban "It was a terrific qualifying session. I'm really happy.Everyone on the track and at the factory have worked hard to prepare some upgrading, and I could really feel the difference this morning and in qualifying. They gave me a really strong car, and during a real fight speed is much higher.I actually made a small mistake on his last lap in the third round, so perhaps I could be even faster and ahead of Raikkonen. Despite this, I am very pleased with this result and excited about the upcoming race. We have a strong race pace, good top speed, and there is potential for a very strong result".
Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams continues dominance of one of the pilots, and Haas and Sauber fight between teammates almost equal.Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas 13-5Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen 13-5Red Bull, Daniel Riccardo - Max Verstappen 6-12Force India, Sergio Perez - Esteban Windows 11-7Williams, Felipe Massa - lance Stroll 15-2McLaren, Fernando Alonso - Stoffel Vandorn 14-3Toro Rosso, Pierre went Out - Brendon Hartley 0-1Renault, Nico - Carlos Sainz 1-1Haas, Roman Grosjean - Kevin Magnussen 11-7Sauber, Marcus Ericsson - Pascal Wehrlein 7-9.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez in the practice of home Grand Prix of Mexico showed the 8th result.Sergio Perez "I am very pleased with how everything went today. It was a positive start to the weekend. We looked strong from the start of the morning practice and we made some important steps in improving the car during the two sessions.Here it is always difficult to find the right balance, because high altitude above sea level has a big effect on a car you don't have as much downforce as in the lowlands, therefore, the operation of the machine becomes complicated. We still have to deal with tires and balance, in order to qualify to compete for a good position".
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez said that during his home Grand Prix of Mexico will show good result.Sergio Perez "the Home race is very important to me. It's always a busy week for me and for the team, but it is very important for fans and business partners.It's definitely the nicest weekend this year for me. This is a great race for everyone involved in Formula 1. The whole week goes by as one big holiday. All in Mexico city looking forward to the race.I was lucky that I will participate in the home race in his native country, the family stands. Their support means so much to me, and it inspires me a good result. I will try to surprise them with something special."In two home races Perez consistently earned points 8th in 2015 and 10 in 2016.