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Force India – Most Improved Formula One Team

by F1Fan on April 8, 2010

Force India seems to have been flying under the radar. While most of the media has been following Ferrari, Red Bull Racing, McLaren and Mercedes GP, or the new teams at the other end of the grid, Lotus Racing, Virgin Racing or HRT Racing F1, Force India has been quietly finishing in the points at every Grand Prix.

With Adrian Sutil’s fifth place finish in Malaysia, Force India has earned more points in the first three races than it managed to accumulate throughout the entire 2009 World Championship Season. When asked about the teams performance Sutil gave the following response:

“Very good, because in every race we scored points – in the first two Tonio, and this one I was the one. It just shows we did a very good job over the winter. We improved our car, and we are now a consistent top 10 runner. It depends on the conditions, but I think we can go even more forward in the grid. We showed really well in Malaysia and what our potential is, and of course we want to continue like that and score a few more points this year in a lot more races.”

Even more impressive has been the recent pace of Force India’s VJM03 chassis, which Adrian Sutil clearly demonstrated this past weekend in Malaysia, handily keeping the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton at bay for the last 20 laps of the race. Talking about his impressive drive Sutil commented:

“Of course it wasn’t easy, as he has one of the best cars in the field, especially during the Malaysian weekend, McLaren was really, really strong. But I knew also my race performance is pretty good. Still, I had to push on in the last 20 laps, because he’d got the advantage of the soft tyres until five laps to go, when his tyres were going off a little bit. But there was no problem really to keep my position. Of course he put a little bit of pressure, but I had a good car in a straight line, and I knew without any mistakes there was no chance for Lewis to pass me. It just sweetens up out fifth position, because we had to really fight for it!”

Make no mistake, Force India is not resting on its laurels and accoring to Adrian Sutil the team is still working hard to improve:

It’s mainly aerodynamically where we are concentrating right now. It’s just the downforce, in F1 you’re always looking to improve the downforce. That’s what Red Bull has at the moment, they have so much grip in the corners, and that’s why they are so fast. Our car is very easy and nice to drive, it has a good balance, we just need to improve the downforce a little bit, but that’s what we’re doing. But we are very close to the top teams and we’re getting a new upgrade for the European races; hopefully it will get us a few tenths on the car and a few positions.

It will be really interesting to see if the team can go one better and get both cars in the top 10 an the Chinese Grand Prix.

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