It’s been a weird start to the season for Force India. Although they have been operating at a significant deficit in downforce and theoretically shouldn’t be P4 in the constructors’ championship, both of their cars have managed to finish all 4 races in the points.
The massive aero upgrade which is meant to solve all of Force India’s problems is scheduled to come this weekend in Spain and the deputy team principal Bob Fernley has said that Force India can aim to compete with the Red Bull cars from Barcelona onwards.
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“If everything works to plan from Barcelona, that’s where we can reassess it”, he said talking to Motorsport.com about the team’s goals, “We mustn’t forget the other teams are not standing still either, so we need to be cautious on that.
“The first objective is to make sure we can consolidate the fourth place, and deliver that. Then if we can from a performance point of view keep moving it through, it will be ideal.
“Right from day one we set our stall put in Australia knowing we had a slight performance deficit, with a view to using race craft, strategy and reliability to overcome that, and that’s what we’ve done.”
“It’s been quite a tremendous run for four races”, Fernley conceded, “Hopefully in Barcelona we can bolt on that missing performance and then we can go toe-to-toe with the others.”
It certainly is a very bold claim by Bob Fernley and for Force India to catch Red Bull would be quite the feat, especially with Red Bull rumored to be bringing such a massive upgrade to the car that it is not even a B-spec Red Bull but almost an entirely new car!
The upgrades for teams are definitely the talking point coming in the Spanish GP. We shall have to wait and see how all of this plays out.
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– Aditya Bhat.