Force India record season’s best finish at ValenciaJune 24th, 2012 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS
Valencia, June 24 (IANS) Sahara Force India scored its best result of the 2012 Formula One season with Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta finishing fifth and seventh in an exciting European Grand Prix here Sunday.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won the 57-lap race in front of his home fans and became the first driver to claim two victories in what has been an unpredictable year. Kimi Raikkonen parked his Lotus in second place ahead of Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher, who secured his first podium finish since returning to F1 in 2010.
Hulkenberg and di Resta improved on their eighth and 10th grid position to get 16 valuable points for Force India.
Di Resta was struggling for a grip towards the end after opting for a one-spot strategy. He was running behind his teammate before being outpaced by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg on the last lap.
Similar happened with Hulkenberg, who lost places to Schumacher and Red Bull’s Mark Webber.
HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan came home 18th.
- Chinese GP: Rosberg takes maiden F1 pole, Force India out of top-10 - Apr 14, 2012
- McLaren lock front row in Italy - Sep 08, 2012
- German GP: Alonso zooms to second straight pole - Jul 21, 2012
- Vettel takes pole, di Resta 10th in Bahrain - Apr 21, 2012
- Maldonado wins maiden F1 race, Hulkenberg comes 10th - May 13, 2012
- Hamilton bags pole in Australia - Mar 17, 2012
- Force India's Hulkenberg finishes fourth in Belgium - Sep 02, 2012
- Rosberg sets pace in second practice at Bahrain GP - Apr 20, 2012
- Button wins Australian GP, Force India's Di Resta gets a point - Mar 18, 2012
- Button wins in chaotic Belgian GP - Sep 02, 2012
- Alonso wins dramatic Malaysian GP, Force India in top-10 - Mar 25, 2012
- Vettel wins Bahrain GP, Force India's Di Resta finishes sixth - Apr 23, 2012
- German GP: Hulkenberg 5th fastest, di Resta 9th - Jul 21, 2012
- Webber wins in Monaco, Force India earn double points - May 28, 2012
- Hamilton takes pole, Force India out of top ten - May 12, 2012
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