Force In­dia seals fourth place

Autosport (UK) - - MEXICAN GRAND PRIX STORIES OF THE RACE/F1 -

FORCE IN­DIA SE­CURED fourth place in the con­struc­tors’cham­pi­onship thanks to Este­ban Ocon and Ser­gio Perez fin­ish­ing fifth and sev­enth re­spec­tively.

Ocon qual­i­fied sixth, run­ning third in the early stages af­ter cap­i­tal­is­ing on the Sebastian Vet­tel/lewis Hamil­ton clash and jump­ing Kimi Raikko­nen at the start. But a com­bi­na­tion of him re­spond­ing to the pit­stops made by Nico Hulken­berg and Perez, who ran be­hind him, and stop­ping on lap 20 when the ul­tra-soft Pirellis still had good pace in them, and the vir­tual safety car, meant he dropped be­hind Raikko­nen. He was then passed for fourth by Vet­tel into Turn 1 on lap 57.

Perez was al­ways set to drop be­hind Raikko­nen even with­out the VSC, which also al­lowed Lance Stroll to jump him – losses halved thanks to Hulken­berg’s re­tire­ment. Vet­tel passed him for sixth on lap 50.

“Raikko­nen was com­ing up be­hind us,”said team CEO Ot­mar Szaf­nauer.“his team came out of the pit­lane with tyres ready to un­der­cut us and I think his in­struc­tion was to do the op­po­site of Ocon. And had we not done it Raikko­nen would have pit­ted, come out in free air and then we pit one lap later be­cause he’s close enough to us and he gets us.”

The re­sult puts Force In­dia 99 points clear of Wil­liams with only 86 avail­able.

Ocon ran as high as third, but dropped to fifth

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