After a massive result at the British Grand Prix, there is no reason why Force India can’t catch Williams in the constructors standings. With Perez 6th, Hulkenberg 7th and Williams outside the points after struggling in the wet, the Silverstone-based squad have closed the gap yet again. There’s only 19 points between Force India and 4th as it stands.
— Sahara Force India (@ForceIndiaF1) July 10, 2016
Sergio Perez found himself in 4th place after the first stint at Silverstone as he followed the leaders on tyre strategy, opting to stay out wets when the midfield pitted for intermediate tyres. Checo has got the strategy right on too many occasions for it to be considered just luck. This call early on set Perez up for a strong finish and yet again, Force India were the best of the rest. Perez had a good final stint too, but was just caught out at the end by a recovering Raikkonen on fresh rubber.
Vijay Mallya must be reveling at the opportunity to have both of his drivers signed on for 2017 too, as this season is unfolding into yet another step forward. Yes, Williams have been out of form, but they’re running out of time as the Force creeps up behind them, threatening to throttle.
But to continue on their surge in 2016, Force India will need a better race in the upcoming Hungarian GP than they managed last year. A double DNF from 2015 will be in the back of their minds, but they’ll also be aware that Hungary won’t suit Williams, so they need to grasp the opportunity to reel in the current holders of 4th.