Force India shifting focus to 2013
8 August 2012 – Force India has revealed that it is set to switch all development to its 2013 car, having so far encountered a trickier season than expected in 2012. Vijay Mallya’s outfit had targeted a top five Constructors’ Championship finish, but currently sits eighth.
Although Force India - formerly known as Jordan Grand Prix as well as Midland F1 and Spyker – is enjoying its best ever Formula 1 campaign, Paul di Resta and Nico Hülkenberg have managed ten points finishes from a possible 22. Key factors in this are the improvements of Sauber and Williams, both of which are ahead in the current standings.
“Development now really is turning to next year,” Andrew Green, Technical Director for the squad, is quoted as saying by ESPN. “For a team of our size we can't afford to develop a car much beyond this point in the season. It's really a case of trying to optimise what we have.”
Green admits that a top five overall finish is now all but out of the question. As Sauber challenges for fifth place, Force India is looking for a push up to sixth – a position presently 34 points away from the Silverstone outfit, originally entered by Eddie Jordan in 1991.
“At the moment we would be targeting sixth position, that would be a realistic target for us,” Green continues. “It's going to be difficult. The cars in front of us are all very, very competitive, so it's going to be a big ask. We'll have to dig deep, as we always do, and we'll be pushing like crazy right until the end. That'll be the plan and we'll see where we finish.”
Di Resta, now in his second Formula 1 season, lies 13th in the Drivers’ Championship with 27 points. The Scot has finished in the top ten on five occasions and achieved four Q3 grid positions. His best race finish to date this year is sixth in Bahrain. Team-mate Hülkenberg has also racked up a quintet of five points finishes, but has been in Q3 five times. His best Force India result so far is fifth place in the European Grand Prix at Valencia. The German is placed 16th overall with 19 points, three places and eight points in arrears of di Resta.