Team principal Bob Fernley believes that Force India is in a better position than it has been expected by the team.
Force India is looking to update its car ahead of the European season of Formula 1. So far it has not performed to its billed potential but has started picking up pace. In the recently concluded Bahrain GP Paul di Resta drove impressively as he finished sixth in the race.
Di Resta was the only driver to successfully complete the race with a two stop strategy. The strategy worked well for him as he started the race from 10thplace and finished ahead of both the Ferrari’s and Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren.
Force India did very well previous year and finished sixth in the Constructors’ Championship after battling it out with Renault now known as Lotus.
Lotus though this season have shown much improvement with their new car E20 and is contention for the top position. Force India has struggled in the first part of the season and with the new updates ahead of the Mugello test. Fernley believes that Force India could be very well placed now.
“Our plan heading into the first four races was to use good race craft and good strategy with a car that perhaps wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” Fernley is quoted by Sky Sports. “And I think we delivered on that quite well, with only the one bad result in Shanghai. We’re probably better off than we thought in some ways, but we still have to deliver the next bit.”
He added, “Of course, we’ve some wonderful teams around us who are not sitting still either, so it depends on what they deliver and whether we can close the gap. As to whether we’ve given ourselves a platform now, and with the package to come, hopefully the answer is yes.”
It will be interesting to see how Force India progress ahead in the season as the European leg of the season starts three weeks from now with the Spanish Grand Prix opening the European tour. The Mugello test is scheduled for May 1 – 3.