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Abu Dhabi GP: On cusp on history, Force India secure fourth row start

November 26, 2016 22:43 IST

Sahara Force India F1 team owner Vijay Mallya, right, with Sergio Perez

IMAGE: Sahara Force India F1 team owner Vijay Mallya, right, with Sergio Perez. Photograph: Force India F1 Team

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will start the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from seventh and eighth on the grid courtesy a solid showing in the qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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It is a landmark race for Force India, who are on the verge of finishing a record fourth in the team standings.

They are 27 points ahead of rivals Williams in the battle for fourth and only a disastrous race can stop the Silverstone squad from achieving the milestone.

Perez starts behind Hulkenberg, who in the middle of his final race at Force India as he moves to Renault next year.

The Williams of Felipa Massa, who is retiring from Formula 1 after Sunday’s race, and Valtteri Bottas, will start behind the Force India drivers after setting the 10th and 11th fastest time in qualifying. 

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