Belgian GP: Force India wants competitive car at Spa-Francorchamps
By Berthold Bouman
Like all the other teams, Force India enjoyed their summer break, but it is time to get back to the action, Team Principal Vijay Mallya is still aiming for sixth place in the Constructor’s Championship.
Asked about what to focus on for the second part of the season Mallya was adamant, “It’s a complete package. It’s the car on the track, and whether it’s the set-up, whether it’s the downforce, whether it’s the tyres, at the end of the day the whole thing has to come together as a package. Fundamentally it’s a good car. We just need to put a few more points in our pocket, that’s what’s important.”
Like all others, the Force India owner is also looking forward to Spa, “Spa and Monza are among our favourite races and we’ve done well there in the past. We look forward to doing better in both of them, before the flyaway races start. But yes, the car has to be competitive on every track.”
Paul di Resta spent the summer break at home, and he feels refreshed. “I spent the time at home, seeing friends, watching the Olympics and keeping up with my training. We’re only half way through the season and the next few months are probably the busiest of the year with lots of fly-away races so it was important to relax and come back fresh,” he said.
Asked about his targets for the second half of the season he said, “There’s still a long way to go in the championship and we need to get back to scoring regular points. Last year we ended the season strongly and we need to do the same this year.
“Williams are not too far ahead of us but Sauber have a big points advantage and it’s going to be a big task to overcome that. But we won’t give up; we’ll keep pushing and see what we can do. We definitely have the potential to get some big results before the end of the year.”
Nico Hulkenberg loves the Spa circuit and said, “Spa is a great track. There’s just such a great flow to the circuit with some mighty corners that are incredible. It’s definitely one of the best places to drive a Formula One car to feel the performance through the high-speed corners. It is one of my favourite tracks.”
In the video below, Nico Hulkenberg tells more about the challenge of one of the most spectacular circuits on the calendar, the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Video by Force India.