Force India

Force India Review 2016

Force India were quite the surprise of the year. I was a real achievement to get where they were in the World Championship at the end of the year, with no stopping some of their performances, often challenging even the Ferrari at times.

The start of the year once again looked a little dodgy for the team, with the car looking like all they had done throw an oily rag over it, and gave it new name. In the flyaway races that showed, with a points finish in Melbourne for Nico Hulkenberg and one for Sergio Perez in Russia.

Their nearest rivals Williams on the other hand had a flying start, the best a fourth place in Russia for Valtteri Bottas, and points in all four races for both drivers made sure they were still fighting with the top players.

Monaco saw the start of the turnaround though for Force India and the start of their real campaign for the 2016 season, Sergio Perez getting the first of two podiums for the team, the second would come just two races later in Baku.

An upgrade at Silverstone in the middle of the season was a turning point for them, making sure the majority of the rest of the season both cars were in the points, and in some cases there were some impressive results in the points.

With the might of the Mercedes engine behind them, they one again had a great run at Spa, the race Giancarlo Fisichella nearly won in 2009. Narrowly missing out on the podium, it was fourth and fifth for the team, opening up the gap to Williams who had started to falter in the middle portion of the season.

While it was Sergio Perez who got all the glory moments this season, Nico Hulkenberg has still yet to find that elusive podium. He came close a couple of times this year, and had an impressive drive at Spa to claim fourth, ahead of his teammate. Next year seas a change of scenery, with him joining the factory Renault team who have used 2016 as a transition year, rebuilding and ready for a sizable jump in 2017.

Sergio Perez is staying, despite being asked to join Renault and will hope that the small team can once again be efficient to produce a great car for not too much money.

About the author

Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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