No points for Force India from British GP

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2012, 21:48 PM IST

Silverstone: Sahara Force India returned empty-handed from British Grand Prix, their home race, as Nico Hulkenberg finished 12th and Paul di Resta`s retired in the opening lap after a car collision, on Sunday.

Hulkenberg was in contention for points till the last 10 laps but could not maintain his position. He had qualified ninth but started 14th from the grid as he was handed a five-place grid penalty due to gear box change.

It was extremely disappointing result for Di Resta as for the Scotland racer, it was his home GP. The team is also based in Silverstone.

He was the first victim of the conditions as Lotus` Romain Grosjean collided with him in the opening lap traffic.

Force India remain on 44 points and they now trail Williams by three points.

Red Bull`s Mark Webber won the race as he pushed pole position holder Fernando Alonso of Ferrari to second place.

Webber`s teammate and double defending champion Sebastian Vettel was third, followed by Felipe Massa in second Ferrari.

India`s Narain Karthikeyan, who races for Hispania, finished 21st.

Hulkenberg said the tyres of his car were wearing out towards the close in the wet conditions.

"It was a tough race today, especially because my car was set up to favour wet conditions. That helped us yesterday, but hurt my top speed this afternoon. There were always cars around me in the race, especially in the final few laps when I had to defend from Bruno and Jenson, and I could not afford to make any mistakes," he said.

"Unfortunately I locked up the rears going into turn three with two laps to go and that gave Bruno the chance to get ahead of me in the DRS zone. It`s frustrating to lose points so close to the finish but my tyres were running out of performance and the car was not easy to drive in the final stint," said the German.

Di Resta was naturally disappointed at having to retire after a collision.

"I`m not really sure what happened. I just turned into turn four and there was no pressure in the right rear tyre so it was clearly punctured and coming off the rim. All I could do was bring the car back to the pits, but there was quite a lot of damage to the floor," he said.

"I took some fresh tyres and went back out, but I was missing a lot of downforce and I went off the track at Becketts. So the team made the call to retire the car. I`m very disappointed because we took a gamble yesterday by running a dry set-up and the conditions today would have been ideal for us," he added.

Team Principal and Managing Director Vijay Mallya said, "We should have scored points, we leave our local race feeling disappointed. Nico drove a strong race, looked set for ninth, but lost out to Senna. Unfortunately in his eagerness to regain the spot Nico ran wide at Copse corner and dropped out of the points, which is frustrating.

"I`m also disappointed for Paul. His car would have been well suited to the dry conditions and we never got a chance to see what he could do in front of his home crowd. It`s still unclear what caused the puncture, but we suspect contact in first couple of corners," said Mallya.