Returning to Force India after a stint with Sauber where he saw his chances for moving to a top team rise and fall, Nico capitalized Force India’s strong and reliable package. But a heavier car with degrading tires meant he always was at a disadvantage. In Bahrain, the Force India was in contention for the final podium step and it was between Perez and himself to fight it out. But in the end, Perez prevailed with his ability to nurse his tires better. On fading tires, in the end, Nico was relegated to 5th by Ricciardo.