24/04/2012

Last time out ...

F1
di Resta 6th (8 points), Hulkenberg 12th, Karthikeyan 21st.

- A great result for Paul di Resta after a risky two-stop strategy paid off.
- Nico Hulkenberg had clutch problems causing a poor start and he got stuck behind Petrov's Caterham early on. Despite good race pace that put him too far back to challenge for points.
- Karthikeyan struggled all weekend compared to his teammate, but hung on well during the race. He classified ahead of three retired drivers.

Here are the post-race quotes:

Paul di Resta (Sahara Force India driver)
"The result today is massive for us. The team did an amazing job all weekend, the strategy came together and the pit-stops were perfect. We knew it would be a big ask to make only two stops and it was a close run thing at the end because my tyres completely went away on the final lap. I had Fernando [Alonso] very close behind me, but I saved a bit of KERS coming out of the final corner and managed to stay ahead. Apart from that, the car has been awesome. So we go away from here as a very happy team with a few weeks to reflect on things and determined to arrive in Barcelona in fighting form".

For more from Paul, looking ahead to the immediate future and the championship, click here.

Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India driver)
"I think my race was decided at the very start when I had some clutch issues and the anti-stall kicked in, which really compromised my getaway and dropped me right to the back of the pack. From then on it was a long, hard fight back through the field, and it was hard work coming through the traffic. I made it to P12, but there wasn't much more I could do. So a tough race for me, but great to see Paul pick up some points".

For an interview with Nico about his personal life, conducted by F1.com, click here.

Robert Fernley (Sahara Force India deputy team principle)
"Considering everything that has gone on this week, I am delighted to see such a strong team performance in today's race. We took a brave call on the strategy with Paul, but it paid off, and having saved the tyres yesterday allowed us to push the two-stop window right to the limit. Once again Paul drove a superb race, lapping consistently and making the strategy work perfectly. This sixth place is well-deserved and matches his best result in Formula One. It's a shame that Nico was the victim of a clutch issue on the opening lap, otherwise I'm sure he would have been up there fighting for points as well. Before we leave Bahrain I want to pay tribute to the team once again and thank each and every one of them for helping make today's result possible".

To read more from Robert about the weekend as a whole, click here.

Narain Karthikeyan (HRT driver)
"The start today was good, but then the first few laps were quite tough because there was dust everywhere. I settled behind Pedro but I think I pushed too hard in the first stint because my tyres were dead very quickly. After my first pitstop, I improved a lot and from there my lap times were consistent. We did a four-stop strategy, which I think went very well, and in the end we were only half a second behind Pedro at the checkered flag. My race performance was extremely good, I'd say it was my best Grand Prix so far this season, so I'm very happy about that".

Formula Renault 3.5
A two day test was recently held at the Paul Ricard track in France. Sahara Force India reserve driver, Jules Bianchi, took part.

Day 1: 1:47.252 (3rd) - 0.246 seconds down on the leader.
Day 2: 1:45.669 (2nd) - 0.002 seconds down on the leader.

It's pretty clear that when the season get underway (beginning of May) that Jules will be a title contender, let's hope he can do the business - of course we'll keep you fully upto date with all on-track action for this series.

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