'Mistakes' cost Force India in McLaren battle

Otmar Szafnauer (Getty)
Otmar Szafnauer (Getty)

Cape Town - Force India could have finished this season in sixth place were it not for "some mistakes" in the final few races, says Otmar Szafnauer

Going into administration mid-season, Force India lost all their points as they went from Sahara Force India to Racing Point Force India. 

That, though, didn't stop their momentum. 

In nine races as Racing Point, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon bagged 52 points as they tried to chase down McLaren for sixth. 

They fell 10 points shy of the Woking team's tally. 

"Sixth was possible, but we just made some mistakes in the last few races," Szafnauer told Autosport. 

"Singapore was a big one, and we had a brake failure in Mexico. So that cost us sixth. 

"There were points in the race [in Abu Dhabi] when we were mathematically ahead of McLaren, as before we pitted we were running fifth and sixth, but you've got to wait until the end. 

"We're happy-ish. From where we were in Spa, sixth was achievable, but seventh is not bad. 

"In Spa we were last, so to come back to seventh was pretty good."

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