Calcutta: Sahara Force India’s German driver Nico Hulkenberg sizzled at the Belium Grand Prix, on Sunday, as he clocked his career-best result to finish at the fourth spot.
The team secured 13 points from the dramatic race and moved up to the seventh spot, with British driver Paul Di Resta finishing 10th.
A thrilled Hulkenberg said after the race, “I’m delighted with the result today – my best finish in Formula One. It’s a result that the whole team has worked hard for and I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the guys because everything went perfectly.”
A major in the opening lap of the 44-lap race benefited Force India, as they moved up from their starting positions. Hulkenberg was 12th on the grid. “The start was eventful, but fortunately I avoided all the debris and was able to take advantage of the situation. I was up a high as second and for a while I was even thinking we could finish on the podium,” he added.
The 25-year-old said, “The race was tough; I had some great fights with Kimi (Raikkonen) and Michael (Schumacher), and I was always on the limit. For us it was clear that we had to stop twice and we made the strategy work.”
Di Resta said, “A tough race for me largely due to the KERS failure on the car just before the race, which really hurt my performance and speed on the straights. I couldn’t really attack or defend, which is a shame because I was up to fourth place at the start, but we couldn’t capitalise on it.”