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Cautiously optimistic, the Silverstone-based squad came to Hungary with hopes of a solid points finish. Below par qualifying meant they had a battle on their hands for the race. However, both drivers made good starts from their grid spots, running in the points. The end result, though, was far from a fairy tale ending with a double retirement.


No. 27 Nico Hülkenberg

Form: 7/14/R/13/15/11/8/6/7/RET/RET

 It was a poor weekend for the German who, after penalties, could only muster an 11th place start on the grid for today’s race. However, Force India’s hopes were still high with the performance of the car surely seeing Hülkenberg cut through the pack. It was not to be. Before he took to the grid Force India reportedly fixed a power issue. Then, while on the formation lap, the Hulk reported a loss of power. Mixed messages came over the radio telling him to pit before the start and then to take the start. He eventually took to his grid spot but was seen waving his hands drastically. His car had again stopped and the start was aborted. So a tough weekend for Nico after missing out on a Ferrari drive and retiring last time out in Hungary too. He surely has his sights firmly set on Monza as a place to bounce back.

No. 11 Sergio Pérez

Form: 10/13/11/8/13/7/11/9/9/RET/5

On the other side of the garage, Sergio Perez had one of his best races for a long while. Qualifying on the second row in fourth place, he made it up to second as the lights went out. At one point he even challenged Hamilton before falling behind and settling for second. However, the Red Bull of Ricciardo gave Perez a hard time and then the Lotus of Grosjean. Perez eventually fell back behind Grosjean and Vettel with the pace of the Force India car simply not matching the cars ahead. Nevertheless, with Vettel’s last lap puncture, Perez was promoted to fifth place behind Kvyat and a well deserved 10 points.

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