Force India hope to unlock immediate gains from new aero package
Force India will bring a new aerodynamic package to the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend that it hopes will deliver an immediate performance boost.
The Silverstone-based outfit was forced to hold off on its latest upgrade package after it entered into administration after the Hungarian GP, however with the issue quickly resolved and new owners in charge after just a few weeks, a cash injection has allowed the team to continue operating as normal, albeit under a new entry of Racing Point Force India.
The ownership change has given the team a new lease of life and it has scored 32 points in the last two races alone, moving it from last place to seventh and just 20 points shy of McLaren, despite starting from zero just a few weeks ago – in the same time McLaren has failed to score anything.
But the team is targeting a higher finishing position and are hopeful that its latest upgrade package will deliver straight away.
"We have more performance to bring to the car this weekend with an updated aero package," confirmed team boss Otmar Szafnauer.
"It’s never easy to introduce and understand new parts during Friday practice, but hopefully we can unlock some performance straight away.
"Beyond Singapore, we hope the developments will keep us competitive as we begin the final third of the season."
Sergio Perez, who finished fifth in Singapore last year, is hoping he can carry the momentum from the last two events into this weekend.
"I am really looking forward to racing this weekend. The last couple of events went really well for us and you can feel the positive atmosphere in the whole team, so we want to keep the momentum going.
"We're bringing an upgrade to the race, so I expect us to be competitive. Last year I finished fifth and after the breakthrough we had at Spa and Monza, I definitely expect to be fighting for a good amount of points this time as well."