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Force India pleased to be “best non-manufacturer team”

Nov 25, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Esteban Gutierrez, Adrian Sutil AP

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley says securing sixth place in the constructors’ championship proves Force India are the “best non-manufacturer team” in F1.

The team secured sixth in the championship despite coming under pressure from Sauber in the closing stages of the season.

“Although we missed out on points today, we achieved the objective that we set ourselves coming into the weekend to defend our sixth place in the championship,” said Fernley after yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

“In the end we did that quite comfortably, which is a real credit to everybody at Sahara Force India. It means we’ve finished in the top six twice in the last three seasons, consolidating our reputation as being the best non-manufacturer team.”

Force India ended the year with 77 points which was 32 less than they scored last year when they finished seventh in the championship.

“Looking back on the season as a whole I think we can be proud of our performance,” said Fernley. “The start of the year was exceptional and we recaptured our form in the final few races.”

Force India were one of the teams that were hardest hit by the mid-season change in tire construction. Having amassed 59 points in the opening eight races they only added 18 more over the last 11 rounds.

  1. worknman24hours - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Force India should be proud of what they have accomplished.

    There is real brilliance in that team and a threat every race to finish on the podium if the front runners just have a little issue.

    Just a little more support from somewhere would get this team into a place of challenging for wins every race.

    • testover6370 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      If they have Hulk and Perez next year, they could challenge the front pack on a regular basis.

      • indycarseries500 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        I’d take PdR over Perez…but I guess money talks.

  2. kitnamania13 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    It’s ironic that the team based across the street from the Silverstone circuit had its season ruined because of the tire issues at the British Grand Prix. If only it had rained on the day of the race, the tires wouldn’t have exploded, the kneejerk changes wouldn’t have happened, Force India would likely have ended up with more points than McLaren, and Vettel probably would have gotten a little more competition in the second half of the season.

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