Continuing on a quest to score its maiden points of the season, the Force India operation arrives at the European Grand Prix in Valencia with major aerodynamic upgrades fitted to the VJM02; the new package includes important revisions to the front wing, bargeboard areas and floor.
hope we're able to maintain, if not improve, our relative position on track," said Team Principal Vijay Mallya, who also indicated that aero testing prior to the summer break had been very successful. "F1 is more competitive than ever now so we need to keep these upgrades coming through and staying ahead of the others, who no doubt will be improving as well."
Racing among a tight field, a necessary part of the points-scoring plan is to start races from a higher position on the grid. Force India seem quite confident that will be the case as they head into the seven final races of the season.
"We should definitely be Q2, maybe even the top of Q2 in Valencia and beyond," indicated Mallya, meaning that he expects the Mercedes-powered Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella
to take grid positions just outside the top ten.
"I'm quite optimistic as we're also working on more upgrades for the final races of the season so fingers crossed we should be able to maintain our momentum. There's more to come for Singapore as well in the latter part of the year so if we continue on our trajectory now we're looking quite good," Mallya stated.
"We have this new upgrade that we hope will cement our Q2 positions and from there we should be regular midfield contenders," said a confident Sutil. "It should be a very strong end to the season."
"There are some good opportunities coming up," teammate Fisichella also predicted. "There's a lot of reasons to look forward to this next part of the year."