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Chinese GP: Force India confident ahead of Shanghai race, wheel nut problem solved


By Berthold Bouman

Chinese GP: Force India confident ahead of Shanghai race, wheel nut problem solved - Photo: Sahara Force IndiaAhead of round three of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship, Force India is adamant that they have solved the problems with the wheel nuts, which caused the retirement of both cars during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vijay Mallya: The VJM06 is a solid contender

Despite the disaster in Malaysia, Team Principal Vijay Mallya is upbeat ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, “The first two races of 2013 have been an encouraging start to the season. The VJM06 is a solid contender with competitive race pace; we have an excellent pair of drivers and the right technical package in place. Most importantly, the whole team is working together well.”

Asked about the problems with the wheel nuts the Indian said, “We’ve had three weeks to understand what went wrong and have worked hard to fix the root cause of the problem.”

Wheel nut problems have been solved - Photo: Sahara Force India

Wheel nut problems have been solved – Photo: Sahara Force India

Mallya is confident they will do well the next two races and he commented, “The next two weekends, with races in China and Bahrain, will put us in a position to see where we really stand in comparison with our rivals. Everyone in the team is looking forward to this challenge and I am confident we will put the disappointment of Malaysia behind us and bring home some big points.”

Paul di Resta: We appear to be in a good position at the moment

Scotsman Paul di Resta is looking forward to the race in Shanghai and commented, “We were unlucky not to get any points in Malaysia, but we can take some positives from the performance we showed on the track. We looked to be one of the fastest cars during the early part of the race. It’s a good sign for the rest of the season.”

Di Resta aims to score points this weekend, but despite the encouraging pace of the VJM06, he thinks it is critical to keep developing the car and he remarked, “It is important not to get carried away and to keep doing our job at each race. We appear to be in a good position at the moment, but no one can say where we will be compared to our rivals after the next two races.”

Adrian Sutil - Photo: Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil – Photo: Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil: We need to focus on the performance

Also Adrian Sutil retired from the Malaysian Grand Prix, and he said, “I was running in eighth position before my first stop, but that’s when things started to go wrong in the pits. It’s a shame we had the problem because the car felt very strong, but sometimes these things happen. Now we need to focus on the performance to try and repeat it in China.”

He too, believes the development of the car is the key to success, “We know there are lots of areas where we can improve because we have learned a lot from the first couple of races. The other teams will not stand still so we need to keep pushing hard and keep up this momentum.”

The German pins his hopes on the tyres and said, “We will have a new tyre combination in China — the soft and the medium — and we appear to be quite good at managing our tyres so we need to use that to our advantage.”

Force India is currently fifth in the Constructors’ Championship with 10 points, while Sutil and di Resta are in ninth and tenth place of the Drivers’ Championship.

Also read:

Red Bull Chinese GP Preview
• Ferrari Chinese GP Preview
McLaren Chinese GP Preview
Lotus Chinese GP Preview
Mercedes Chinese GP Preview
Sauber Chinese GP Preview
Force India Chinese GP Preview
Williams Chinese GP Preview
• Toro Rosso Chinese GP Preview
Caterham Chinese GP Preview
Marussia Chinese GP Preview

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