Force India sits out FP2 in Hungary after Perez crash


Force India F1 Team has confirmed that it will take no part in second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday as it continues to investigate the cause of Sergio Perez’s flip.

Perez suffered a rear suspension failure during FP1 at the Hungaroring on Friday morning, causing the car to spear into the wall and flip over its front-right tire before coming to rest on its roll bar.

Although Perez walked away unharmed, the team has confirmed that it will not be running either of its cars in the second practice session as it continues to investigate the cause of the failure.

“Sahara Force India will not take part in this afternoon’s second practice session at the Hungaroring as the team continues to investigate a suspension problem, which caused Sergio Perez to crash this morning,” a statement from the team read.

“Sergio’s car suffered significant damage to the bodywork, wings and floor, and repairs are ongoing. As a precaution, the team has chosen not to run Nico Hulkenberg this afternoon.

“The team will work hard to fully understand the cause of the failure and find a resolution in order to be ready for Saturday’s free practice session.”

Although Hulkenberg endured a trouble-free first session in Hungary, the team has elected not to run him to ensure that a similar issue does not occur.

Force India has estimated that over $250,000 worth of damage has been done to Perez’s car during the crash, but the team will now be focusing on getting to the root of the problem in a bid to avoid a repeat.

Whilst Perez’s car continues to be reviewed and pieced back together, Hulkenberg’s VJM08 is being fitted with its race engine and gearbox in preparation for practice and qualifying on Saturday.