[F1 2018 VIDEO FEATURE] MID-SEASON REVIEW: FORCE INDIA

Best of the rest in 2017 … it’s a turbulent season off the track that has dragged Force India from a clear fourth down to sixth this year.

Questions have hung over Vijay Mallya’s ongoing ownership of the squad all season, while mounting debts pushed the team closer and closer to the edge of going under.

The trigger was finally pulled on the eve of the Hungarian Grand Prix … and it was one of its drivers holding the gun.

Sergio Pérez took legal action, which put the team into the hands of administrators in Britain - a move he hoped would save the jobs of its more than 400 staff.

“As being myself was one of the creditors of the team, I was asked to use a different legal procedure called ‘Administration’ which allows a company to continue operating while a new owner is found,” Pérez said.

The off-track trouble hasn’t helped the team’s fortunes on it. Pérez and Esteban Ocon have again been evenly matched, but the two pink cars have been further down the field.

There have been several weekends where both Force Indias have missed Q3, something that happened just once to the same point of the season last year. 

The worst was Hungary, where both Pérez and Ocon were eliminated in Q1 - that hasn’t happened to the team since 2015.  

The poor Saturdays have, in turn, hurt their Sundays. The Force Indias missed the points just three times in the first half of last season. That figure has blown out to 13 as of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The net result of all of this is most evident in the constructors’ standings. It has scored barely half the points it did last year to the halfway mark of the season.

But it does have a podium finish to its name, courtesy of Sergio Pérez in Baku - the only non-Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull driver to do so this year.