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Force India is giving away points at the 2018 Canadian GP

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Force India is giving away points at the GP Canada 2018
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F orce India is fighting slowly back. At the beginning of the year, the cars of last year's World Cup fourth were still at the bottom of the midfield. Now they are fighting with Renault for supremacy in Formula B. As in Monte Carlo, Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez made it into the top ten on the grid. Double points can be expected from starting positions 8 and 10. Especially since Ocon and Perez came back from the starting lap in positions 7 and 10. “Ocon had the better line after the start,” cursed Nico Hülkenberg.

But in the end only one Force India made it into the points. For Perez, an attack on Carlos Sainz ended in the field of the first corner. By the time the Mexican got back into the traffic, he was in 14th place. Perez asked on the radio to bring the Renault driver with the black flag into the pits. After the race he was more careful. “I have to watch the video first. We were lying side by side and I think I left Carlos enough space. Still he pushed me out. “

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Perez meets Sainz and turns into the run-off zone.

Sports director Otmar Szafnauer felt cheated out of points: “Sainz should be punished. He pushed Sergio off and lost him a good result. 'Team manager Andy Stevenson was more relaxed:' The Stewards are now letting go of more. In terms of the races, that's good. Sometimes it goes against, sometimes for you. ”FIA race director Charlie Whiting explained that neither driver could be blamed clearly. Stevenson replied: “Perez asked the commissioners a question they couldn't answer: what should he do to stop the accidentAvoid it? ”

56:28 for Renault in the battle for 4th place

While Perez had run after the incident, Ocon was comfortably in 7th place. Force India decided on an early pit stop on lap 11 to prevent the Renault drivers from undercut. “We couldn't drive away from them, so we had to act,” explained Stevenson. The shot backfired. Although the timing of the pit stop was right. Like in Monte Carlo, there was a problem. This time with the rear jack. “On the first attempt, it did not properly engage in the recess under the tail light. The car slipped down us. The mechanic had to start again. ”

The mishap cost two seconds. Ocon lost two places to Hülkenberg and Sainz, who changed tires one and two laps after him. The hope for the Force India's more tire-friendly chassis was not fulfilled either. After his pit stop, Ocon fell behind Romain Grosjean, who drove as a buffer between the Renault and Ocon until lap 48. When Ocon finally had a free run and caught up with Sainz, the lapping of the faster vehicles repeatedly disrupted his overtaking plans. 'Once I was close to Carlos, but then he shortened the chicane and won a few meters again.'

If the race went well, Force India could have scored 7 points. “It was a disappointment that there were only two,” admitted Szafnauer. Also with a view of the World Cup stand. Renault now has twice as many points as Force India. With 56:28 points, defending 4th place is becoming more and more difficult. Also because Renault scores consistently on all routes. Szafnauer tried to see the positive: 'At least we are slowly catching up with McLaren.'

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