Silverstone team in the points again but Toro Rosso forced out

Nico Hulkenberg leads a group of cars during last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix at the picturesque Red Bull Ring
Nico Hulkenberg leads a group of cars during last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix at the picturesque Red Bull Ring
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The Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team celebrated another double point-scoring finish for their drivers, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, in last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

Driving Mercedes-powered VJM07 cars, Perez finished the eighth round of the 2014 FIA F1 World Championship in sixth, while Hulkenberg was ninth to continue his record of scoring points in every race to date.

Perez, who suffered a grid drop penalty due to his incident with Felipe Massa in the Canadian Grand Prix, was pleased with his drive.

He said: “Considering I had to start further down the grid than I qualified I have to say I was happy with my drive.

“It’s never easy to come through the pack and move further up the order, but I managed to do it in Austria. This has been a good weekend for me.”

Hulkenberg was always in the hunt to score championship points and ran on the fringes of the top six early in the race.

The German said afterwards: “I would have liked to finish slightly higher but ninth is OK and this result has allowed me to maintain my record of scoring points in every race.

“We can now look ahead to the next race at Silverstone – the home event for the Force India team. That will make our weekend slightly more special.”

The Toro Rosso team were not so fortunate as they left Austria with nothing to show for their weekend efforts.

Russia’s Daniil Kvyat was the first retirement from the event when his Bicester-based STR9-Renault suffered suspension failure. A handful of laps later, his French team-mate, Jean-Eric Vergne, was also forced out.

It was not a good weekend for the Red Bull-supported cars in their home event, as the only other retirement was Sebastian Vettel in the number 1 Red Bull.

Kvyat said: “This was disappointing. I had wished to score more points for the team here in Austria and it was not possible.

“Sadly both team cars were forced out which was not good.

“As far as Silverstone is concerned, we now must focus on this race as it’s close to our British base in Bicester. We want to do well for all the guys who work for us close to the track.”

It has been announced that Daniel Juncadella will drive for Force India during Friday’s free practice session at Silverstone next weekend. Juncadella will drive the car normally driven by Hulkenberg in the 90-minute session, with Hulkenberg taking over on Friday afternoon and for the rest of the weekend.