First half of Force India's 2017 season in photos

Force India sits a solid fourth in the championship after a consistent run of points in the first half of the season. We reflect back at the Indian team's performance with our selection of photos.

First half of Force India's 2017 season in photos

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Force India launched its car at Silverstone ahead of the start of the new season. Sergio Perez stayed with the team for another year, while Renault-bound Nico Hulkenberg was replaced by Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon.

Winter testing

Winter testing
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Esteban Ocon continued his F1 learning curve during pre-season testing, having joined Force India from Manor. He found a certain Max Verstappen on the grid, whom he beat in European F3.

Winter testing

Winter testing
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Winter testing ended for Force India without any major issues, although the car was slightly off the pace.

Australian Grand Prix

Australian Grand Prix
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Just before the first race of the year in Australia, Force India announced a sponsorship agreement with Austrian company BWT and switch to a pink livery.

Sergio Perez qualified 11th and finished the race in seventh position.

Australian Grand Prix

Australian Grand Prix
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Esteban Ocon, meanwhile, bagged his first ever championship point by finishing in 10th place.

Chinese Grand Prix

Chinese Grand Prix
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Perez progressed into the final leg of qualifying, before finishing ninth on Sunday.

Chinese Grand Prix

Chinese Grand Prix
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Ocon followed home his teammate in 10th.

Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain Grand Prix
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Ocon' scored his third consecutive 10th place finish in Bahrain.

Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain Grand Prix
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Perez was eliminated in Q1 in Sakhir, but a poor qualifying session did little to prevent him from finishing seventh in the race.

Russian Grand Prix

Russian Grand Prix
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In Russia, both cars made it into the final leg of qualifying with Perez ninth and Ocon 10th.

Russian Grand Prix

Russian Grand Prix
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Force India's two drivers drove in formation to finish seventh and eighth.

Spanish GP

Spanish GP
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Both Force Indias made it to Q3 for the second race in a row.

Spanish Grand Prix

Spanish Grand Prix
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On race day, Force India made most of incidents to finish inside the top five. Perez was classified fourth, while Ocon followed him home in fifth.

This result elevated the Silverstone-based squad to fourth in the constructors championship.

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix
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While Sergio Perez made it to Q3 in Monaco, he endured a race to forget. After two crashes and a penalty, he crossed the line in 13th place.

Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix
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An incident in FP3 compromised Ocon for the rest of the weekend. He, too, failed to finish in the points after having to make an extra stop for a puncture.

Canadian Grand Prix

Canadian Grand Prix
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After the disappointment of Monaco, normal service resumed in Canada with both cars progressing to Q3.

Canadian Grand Prix

Canadian Grand Prix
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The Mercedes-powered VJM10 fared particularly well in the race, too, with Perez and Ocon finishing fifth and sixth after a controversial battle between the two, which, according to some cost them a podium finish.

Azerbaijan GP

Azerbaijan GP
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Baku was unarguably Force India's strongest track in 2016. This year was no different. Perez qualified sixth, while Ocon placed his car seventh on the grid.

Azerbaijan GP

Azerbaijan GP
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However, the two drivers controversially collided in a race of attrition. Perez was forced to retire, while Ocon managed to salvage some points.

Austrian Grand Prix

Austrian Grand Prix
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With Austria's Red Bull Ring also favouring the Mercedes engine that sits on the back of the Force India, Perez and Ocon had little trouble in getting into Q3.

Austrian Grand Prix

Austrian Grand Prix
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Ocon shadowed Perez throughout the race, finishing just behind the Mexican in eighth.

British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix
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Force India managed to get both its cars into Q3 once again at Silverstone.

British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix
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In the race, it was Ocon who finished ahead of Perez in eighth.

Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungarian Grand Prix
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For the first time in a while, neither of the Force India cars made it to the final part of qualifying.

Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungarian Grand Prix
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Despite poor qualifying positions, Perez and Ocon finished in eighth and ninth places to rack up another double points result for Force India.
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