Mixed fortunes for Force India duo in Monaco

Nico Hulkenberg PNL-140220-094519002
Nico Hulkenberg PNL-140220-094519002

Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg finished Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix in fifth for the Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team to maintain his top five place in the overall championship standings.

Equalling the best finish the team has scored around the streets of Monaco, Hulkenberg raced hard throughout the latest round of the FIA F1 World Championship to finish behind the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “This is a good result and I have managed to maintain my momentum in the championship. My car felt good throughout the weekend and I do feel that a podium finish is not far away.”

Vijay Mallya, the Force India team boss, added: “It was another strong performance by Nico and his drive displayed much quality. He is now a very accomplished Grand Prix driver and this race in Monaco tells me that he is more than capable of winning a Grand Prix.”

Sergio Perez was an early retirement from the race when his Force India car was in a collision with the McLaren of Jenson Button during the opening lap.

Perez said: “I was not expecting the McLaren to be where it was and I was unable to avoid an accident. To finish my race so early was a disappointment.”