British GP

Ocon compromised my race quite a lot – Perez

British GP: Force India ace Esteban Ocon set eighth place for British GP ahead his team-mate Sergio Perez, the Silverstone based squad made it the eighth double-points finish of the season.

But it was once again a situation of what could have been as the duo lost valuable time squabbling with each other when team orders may have assisted maximize their performance at Silverstone.

“Ocon compromised my race quite a lot,” said Perez to Sky Sports F1.

“We didn’t get to show our true race pace and got beaten by Renault big time. Being always within Ocon’s DRS by half a second damaged my tyres quite badly so it wasn’t an ideal race.

“Everything was complicated, straight from the bad start I had.”

The Mexican was then asked if he has anything to say to Force India in the debrief about how they should be approaching races.

He added: “No I don’t think so. [Team orders] are not how it should be. Ocon did a better job than me and I got beaten today. That’s it.”

Esteban Ocon: “I had a brilliant start – it felt like four wheel drive and I moved up a couple of positions, but I lost out to Hulkenberg at the end of the first lap. After that, I had a good battle with my teammate for most of the afternoon and the team let us race – just like Canada.”

“Sergio was fast and giving me pressure, but I was able to stay ahead. It’s very satisfying to see us score points again with both cars. Our consistency is our strength this year – on all tracks we are there with good speed and scoring points. We need to keep this up in the second half of the year.”

Vijay Mallya, Team Principal annd Managing Director

“It’s very satisfying to see both our cars finish inside the points at our home race. We’ve added six important points to our tally and strengthened our fourth place in the championship. It was a straightforward race from our perspective with Esteban getting the jump on Checo at the start. From there it was line astern to the flag with both drivers following similar one-stop strategies.

Keeping up this consistency is important and, as we reach the half-way point of the season, I’m feeling very proud of what we have achieved from the first ten races. I have equally high hopes for the rest of the season as we continue to develop the VJM10.”

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