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Which Force India driver will score more points?
Paul Di Resta. 37%  37%  [ 10 ]
Nico Hulkenberg. 37%  37%  [ 10 ]
Too close to call. 26%  26%  [ 7 ]
Total votes : 27
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:44 pm 
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Force India is targeting a major step forward with the upgrade package that it will introduce at the Mugello test on May 1-3 ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Silverstone-based squad has scored nine points so far this season but its outright pace has been disappointing.

Deputy team principal Bob Fernley believes that the team's slow start is down to pushing on with development late into the 2011 season in its successful pursuit of sixth in the championship, but is confident of catching up this year.

"I am hoping that Mugello puts us where we would have liked to have been for the start of the season," Fernley told AUTOSPORT. "We are a little bit behind because our focus was trying to secure sixth last season and we are about four or five races behind schedule.

"The plan is to come out of the first four races and not be to far away. Then we can bring the performance in through the season, so we are pretty much on target. We just need to get through China and Bahrain and then see where we go."

Fernley paid tribute to the efforts of drivers Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, who have both had strong starts to the season.

Di Resta scored points in both Australia and Malaysia, while Hulkenberg followed up a superb qualifying performance in Melbourne with his first points since the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix.

"We haven't given either driver the best of cars, yet," said Fernley. "They are showing their mettle to get us through and what we need to do is respond and give them the car that can challenge from Mugello onwards.

"Both of them did well [in Malaysia], especially when you consider that it was Nico's first race for over year and it couldn't have been tougher for him. Given where we are in the development programme, it was a sterling effort from everybody."

Fernley is not worried about being able to catch up teams that Force India is expecting to be ahead of in the championship, such as Sauber, which has scored heavily in the first two grands prix.

He has no doubts that the team can still deliver on its target of fighting for a place in the top five in the Constructors' Championships.

"Absolutely," he said when asked if fifth was still on. "Don't forget that we were 26 points behind Sauber midway through last season.

"I'm just hoping that our rate of development can be stronger. If we can come out of the first few races not too far adrift, then we can come back."


COURTESY - TotalF1


I was expecting a resurgence from Force India sooner or later! In testings, Force India was looking very promising but somehow Williams & Sauber raced past ahead!

Every year, Force India grew quite rapidly as the season continued & through the years, they've become a formidable midfield team! To top all this, they have 2 drivers who are quite capable of surprising the F1 paddock!

Will be keeping my eyes on Force India as it's been like a tradition where they start weak or average but towards the end, they blast past their competition! In 2010, they were very strong in the start but by the end of the 2010 season, they lost out by 1 point to Williams for 6th! Last year, they started out as average but as the season progressed, they became the 5th best team, ahead of Renault! Since Renault had scored more points in the 1st half of the season & since they scored literally in every race, that's what hurt Force India to not achieve 5th in the championship & just lose out by 4 points!

Come on Force India, we know You will surprise us by the end of this season!

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