Force India disappoint in the desert

Date published: April 3 2016

After the Bahrain Grand Prix concluded and celebrations continue, Force India will likely not be joining in the ceremonies as both their drivers failed to impress during Sunday’s GP.

15th placed Nico Hulkenberg expressed his disappointment after qualifying for the Grand Prix in an impressive P8 on Saturday.

"A difficult and disappointing race where not much went to plan. I made a poor start away from the line and was on the back foot going into turn one," he told Force India’s official website.

“Then suddenly three or four cars backed up on the apex and I nudged the back of somebody, which damaged my front wing and forced me to pit on lap one. From there onwards we tried to recover and pull off a two-stop strategy to get back in the race, but it proved very difficult.

"I don’t think we've seen our true pace today because the first lap destroyed my race and we were out of synch with everybody and always playing catch up."

16th placed Perez echoed his teammate's words and highlighted the moment when he and Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz collided as a pivotal moment in the destruction of his race.

"Not the best of weekends for me," the Mexican admitted. "I knew I had to get a good start after yesterday’s qualifying result and I managed to pull off a great one, making up a lot of ground.

"Unfortunately, on lap two I made contact with (Carlos) Sainz, which ended up destroying my race. I was in his tow and when I went onto the marbles on the inside I just couldn’t stop the car enough. It was a real shame as the pace was there to score a good amount of points.

"We need to go back to HQ and look at the data to make sure we come back strongly in China."