Spanish GP: Preview - Force India


Vijay Mallya: "Baku feels like a turning point in our season. The podium has given us a huge boost and is just the result we needed. It helps us forget about the bad luck and missed opportunities from the first few races.

"Our speed in Baku confirms we are moving in the right direction. We understand the car more and we are taking steps forward at each race. With the podium it feels as though our season is up and running. We now have some momentum behind us. Let's see what we can do in Barcelona where we will have more new parts to try on the car."

Sergio Perez: "Finishing on the podium in Baku felt amazing. After a few tough races we finally got a result we deserved. It reminded me of 2016, when we had a difficult start to the season and then we had the podium in Monaco. We were quick in Baku right from the start and we knew there was the chance to score a great result. I'm so proud of my team and the way we did it. Even when we had to pit on lap one, we didn't stop fighting or stop believing.

"Barcelona was our best result as a team last year so you never know what can happen this year. It's a track we know really well because of testing, but of course the car has changed a lot since the pre-season and it will be interesting to feel the difference the upgrades have made. Unlike in Baku, overtaking is quite difficult at Barcelona so we will need to be perfect in qualifying.

"It's great to be back racing in Europe and Barcelona is the perfect place to start this part of the championship. I really enjoy the city of Barcelona and my trainer Xavi is Catalan, so it's a special race for him."

Esteban Ocon: "It was disappointing not to finish the race in Baku, especially since we had such strong pace. I know this is how racing goes sometimes and you have to learn from it and look ahead.

"Heading to Spain really feels like coming home after all the long flights in the first part of the year. Barcelona is probably the track I know the most - it's the first track I drove in single seaters at the start of my career. We test a lot there so we know the place well and we get our hospitality buildings back so it feels much more like a familiar environment.

"Barcelona itself is wonderful: it's a place that feels young with a relaxed atmosphere and the weather is amazing. Part of my family lives in the city and it's very close to where I was training this winter, so I know the place by heart now. Last year we did really well there; the pace was good all over the weekend and we raced really well. We have been making good progress with the car recently so we have to target some good points."

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Published: 08/05/2018
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