US GP: Perez's 5th place gets Force India points

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015 14:45 hrs

Austin (Texas): Sahara Force India notched up 10 points from the US Grand Prix owing to Sergio Perez's fifth-place finish even though Nico Hulkenberg could not complete the Formula One race.

Hulkenberg was forced to retire on lap 35 after contact with Daniel Ricciardo.

"We are happy to come away with fifth place and ten points from a weekend with such difficult weather conditions.

The track was very damp to begin with and I was lacking pace on the intermediates, sliding around with lot of degradation.

Then, when we switched to the softs and eventually the mediums, it was not easy to get the temperature in the tyres and I struggled for grip with each restart," Perez said after the race.

"There was so much happening in the race and you really had to concentrate because it was very easy to make a mistake.

Overall I'm very happy for the team because we've done a really good job this weekend. The recent results give us real momentum as we head to my home race in Mexico, where I'm determined to give my fans something more to celebrate," he added.

Hulkenberg said it was frustrating to bow out of the race without completing it.

"It's a huge frustration to be out of the race when things were looking so promising. Until the accident, it had been a very interesting race and it must have been a very entertaining for the fans as well. I struggled at first on the intermediate tyres, but as soon as I switched to slicks I started making good progress," he added.