Force India duo confident over Monza chances
1 September 2014 – Force India drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez are hopeful of putting together a more competitive showing at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, after a below-par performance at Spa-Francorchamps.
Pérez and Hülkenberg crossed the line over a minute behind race winner Daniel Ricciardo in the Ardennes, with their minor points finishes not enough to prevent McLaren moving ahead in the championship standings.
But the pair reckon Monza will yield a better result, given their own and Force India's past form at the venue.
"I expect us to be quite competitive there," said Hülkenberg, who finished fifth at last year's event with Sauber.
"It should be better for us than at Spa-Francorchamps. It's all about power and top speed here and we know the engine will be strong. We also have a new low downforce rear wing that we will use for Monza only."
Pérez, a visitor to the Monza podium in 2012, was equally positive, but highlighted the importance of qualifying.
"I think it's going to be a good track for us," added Pérez. "It's important to qualify in the top 10 to have a chance of scoring good points. It's difficult to overtake at Monza and if you are out of position it's hard to recover."
Force India trails McLaren by two points in the battle for fifth position, with seven rounds remaining.