Fernley: Force India 'a loser' with tyre changes
11 July 2013 – The Force India F1 team is likely to lose out as a result of the tyre changes being made by Pirelli, deputy team principal, Bob Fernley has admitted.
The Silverstone-based outfit is enjoying a good season so far and currently sits fifth in the Constructors’ Championship. However, after struggling with the revised rear tyres in Germany, Fernley added that further changes for Hungary are not likely to aid their cause.
“I don't think we are confident, it's quite a significant change,” Fernley told ESPN F1. “Obviously what we've got to look at is running it [during the test] at Silverstone [next week]; the good positive thing is we can do a good back-to-back comparison from only a week ago.
“The weather was quite good on race day [for the British GP] so we've got good data to be able to do the comparisons with. But the tyre is so significantly different, and the car is designed specifically around that 2013 tyre, that we will have to re-engage design work on something that we actually thought we'd stopped because we want to move on to the 2014 car. So it's not good. It's not healthy for Force India.
“I think there are other teams as well. I'm sure Ferrari are in that situation, Lotus seemed to go well [in Germany on Sunday] but it will affect them because it's quite significant again for them. And there will be more teams; there will be some winners and there will be some losers. For sure we are a loser, the question is how much do we lose.”