Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Force India secure fourth row start

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

Force India are 27 points ahead of rivals Williams in the battle for fourth.   -  Getty Images

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 here 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 tomorrow's race, and Valtteri Bottas, will start behind the Force India drivers after setting the 10th and 11th fastest time in qualifying.