Force India sure of better showing in Germany
14 July 2014 – Force India reckons it can put on a better display at the German Grand Prix than the last round in Britain.
At Silverstone, Nico Hülkenberg maintained his 100 per cent record of top 10 results for the season by collecting eighth place, but team-mate Sergio Pérez finished 11th following a first lap collision with Jean-Éric Vergne. As a result, the Silverstone-based outfit slipped behind Williams to fifth position in the Constructors' Championship.
Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli will bring its Soft and Super Soft compounds to this weekend's Hockenheim event and, with air temperatures set to surpass 30°C (86°F), the team anticipates the VJM07 to perform strongly.
"We're in fifth, but there's still a long way to go in the season," said Team Principal Vijay Mallya.
"We're still well positioned to fight and regain the fourth slot, so anything is possible. This is the same car that has been performing very well during the first half of the year and I'm confident we will be strong in the second half. It's had regular upgrades and there is more to come.
"Hockenheim is a medium-speed circuit and we have done well on these sorts of tracks this year. We have scored points in every race, but we need to score with both cars if we want to maintain our position in the championship. It's expected to be one of the hotter races of the year and that usually works in our favour."
Hülkenberg is also expecting a better run for Force India at his home event.
"Even on tracks where we have been struggling slightly, we have managed to score points," he said.
"For example, in Silverstone the car balance was not ideal, but we still came away with four points. I'm feeling more positive about our performance in Germany, especially with the return of the Soft and Super Soft tyres."