Force India pleased to be “best non-manufacturer team”

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Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley says securing sixth place in the constructors’ championship proves Force India are the “best non-manufacturer team” in F1.

The team secured sixth in the championship despite coming under pressure from Sauber in the closing stages of the season.

“Although we missed out on points today, we achieved the objective that we set ourselves coming into the weekend to defend our sixth place in the championship,” said Fernley after yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

“In the end we did that quite comfortably, which is a real credit to everybody at Sahara Force India. It means we’ve finished in the top six twice in the last three seasons, consolidating our reputation as being the best non-manufacturer team.”

Force India ended the year with 77 points which was 32 less than they scored last year when they finished seventh in the championship.

“Looking back on the season as a whole I think we can be proud of our performance,” said Fernley. “The start of the year was exceptional and we recaptured our form in the final few races.”

Force India were one of the teams that were hardest hit by the mid-season change in tire construction. Having amassed 59 points in the opening eight races they only added 18 more over the last 11 rounds.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)