Monaco, 29 May 2016: Sahara Force India ended their lean run with a fantastic performance by Mexican Segio Perez, who took the third place, his third for the team in three different seasons and his sixth career podium. Teammate German Nico Hulkenberg passed championship leader Nico Rosberg on the line to take a well-deserved sixth place to put Force India in a double points finish for the first time in the season.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton took his first win of the season, his 44th win, with a one-stop strategy. Ricciardo who started on pole had to be content with a second place as a faulty pit stop ruined his chances. Championship leader Nico Rosberg finished 7th, as Hulkenberg pipped him to the chequered flag.
A pleased Sergio Perez during the podium interviews said : “I’m extremely happy because my team has done a tremendous job. It’s my third podium and to have it here in Monaco is very special.
“I want to dedicate this podium to my boss Vijay Mallya. I think we did the right calls.”
Force India has now 37 points and moved up to 5th place. Perez with this podium has garnered 23 of them. Hulkenberg has 14 points.
Perez started on P7 as the race started behind the Safety Car in wet conditions and managed to keep Sebastian Vettel at bay for the better part of the race and came third on his soft tyres making only one pit stop.