Force India to go to Austin with optimism
6 November 2013 – Force India deputy team principal, Robert Fernley has said he is proud of what the Silverstone-based outfit achieved in Abu Dhabi last weekend and he is hopeful the team will be able to build on that form in the final two races, beginning in the USA next week.
Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil both went well at the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday, and while qualifying wasn’t so good, the duo made the most of a one-stop strategy and finished sixth and tenth respectively at the chequered flag.
It was Force India’s second double points finish in a row and it helped the outfit consolidate sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship, increasing its lead over Sauber to 32 points, while McLaren is now just 18 points ahead in fifth.
“The whole team can feel very proud this result [in Abu Dhabi], which sets us up nicely for the final couple of races,” confirmed Fernley. “With nine points in the bag the sixth place in the championship is looking much more realistic and we are only 18 points away from fifth place.
“Despite the limited practice mileage on Friday we felt confident of pulling off the one-stop strategy, just as we did in India the weekend before. Paul and Adrian drove faultless races, looked after their tyres when they needed to and showed very strong pace throughout.
“It’s rewarding to see the progress we have made in the last couple of races, which is a result of all the hard work behind the scenes.
“We’ve kept our heads down, worked hard and it is starting to show. We now look forward to Austin with optimism and hope to build on the performance of the last two races,” he concluded.