Force India expects competitive car for British GP at Silverstone
By Berthold Bouman
Force India is another team based in Great Britain and is therefore also heading for their home Grand Prix at Silverstone. After a very strong performance in Valencia, Team Principal Vijay Mallya is confident his team can make the most of the British Grand Prix this weekend.
“We arrive back at Silverstone off the back of our strongest performance of the year. In fact, the 16 points scored in Valencia are the most we have ever scored in one weekend,” said the Indian billionaire.
Ahead of the 2012 season Mallya has said his team is aiming for sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship. Mallya commented, “Those points [scored in Valencia] have proved to be very valuable, bringing us within a point of Williams and just 16 adrift of Sauber. So we are catching up with our nearest competitors quite quickly. Now we need to keep up the momentum.”
Force India also has some new developments for the car, but as almost all other teams, they are still struggling with the Pirelli tyres. Asked about this weekend’s expectations Mallya replied, “The aim this weekend is to deliver a repeat performance, pick up points and keep pushing hard to move up the championship table.”
Nico Hulkenberg, who finished fifth in Valencia, his best performance for ever, is looking forward to racing at Silverstone. “I have good memories from Silverstone, both in GP2 and Formula One. It is one of those classic races that bring a smile to your face when you think of some of the corners. I actually describe it as an ‘old-school’ circuit because it’s narrow and you have to be really committed and brave through the quick parts of the lap. It’s super-fast and great fun when you hook up the perfect lap.”
Paul di Resta finished seventh in Valencia, and hopes for another strong performance. “I think we arrive at Silverstone feeling positive. The performance level we showed in Valencia was a boost for the team and if we can build on that ahead of Silverstone I’m optimistic we can continue to put on a strong show,” the Scott said, and added, “The guys back at the factory are working hard to give us some developments in time for the weekend so hopefully we can find a bit more performance.”
Paul Di Resta gives us a guide to Silverstone and talks about the emotion of racing at the team’s local track in front of a patriotic home crowd.
Video: Force India.