by Ben Kelly  |    |   0  |  30 November -0001

Force India defend B-spec car design integrity

Force India deputy team Principal Bob Fernley is not concerned that the design of the squads B-Spec car is flawed after multiple failures at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez suffered heavy accidents in Budapest last weekend, after front-wing and rear-suspension failures respectively.

The Silverstone-based outfit introduced a vastly updated version of their 2015 challenger at the British Grand Prix, with Hulkenberg claiming a seventh place finish whilst Perez claimed ninth.

However, Perez was the first to suffer a mechanical failure on Friday’s Hungarian first free practice, after his rear suspension broke, spearing the Mexican into the barriers and then a roll.

Force India pulled both cars out of the following practice session but managed to fix the problem in time to compete on the Saturday.

Hulkenberg caused a late safety car in Sunday’s race, cannoning into the barriers at the first corner after his front wing failed.

In response to the failures, Fernley has defended his team’s car design when asked if he was completely confident there will be no repeat by Autosport.

"Reliability and design integrity are two of the key strengths of Force India, and I don't think that has been compromised," Fernley stated.

"It's just unfortunate it was a weekend when we had a couple of incidents that were high profile."

Entering the summer break, Fernley is adamant that the problems which occurred in Hungary will be rectified in time for the Belgium Grand Prix.

"We'll have those all finished off this week, and we don't expect anything major," he added.

"We can expect a slight strengthening of the parts in different areas and then we will be fine."

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