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Mid-term balance sheet Force India: Stability as a trademark

Mid-term balance sheet Force India
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D he form curve of Force India has always been uphill since the foundation stone was laid. Last in 2008, ninth place in 2009, seventh place in 2010, sixth place in 2011. This year it will be difficult for Jordan’s successor team to maintain this trend. Even sixth place would be a surprise coup. Sauber is 34 points ahead. 'But last year we only got really strong in the second half of the season,' warns sports director Otmar Szafnauer. He knows he needs a better car to consistently beat Williams and Sauber on the track. At the moment the Force India VJM05 is only number eight. And that's where the team is in the designer's cup.

English roots and Indian money

The racing team's greatest pledge with English roots and Indian money are his pilots. Nico Hülkenberg and Paul di Resta are the best driver pairing compared to Sauber, Williams and ToroRosso. It is thanks to Force India that they already have 46 points on their account. They hardly make any mistakes and almost always get the maximum out of the car.

Occasionally, Force India also scores a hit with the strategy. Just like in Bahrain, when di Resta was allowed to pass through with a stop. The Scot finished sixth because he was the only one who knew how to keep the tires happy. And his command post timed the pit stops so well that the Resta always had a clear run. There are also quick pit stops. As in the previous year, the team from Silverstone is among the leaders. With an average downtime of 3.95 seconds, Force India is third behind Ferrari and Red Bull.

There have been in the last three races es lean food

The trick with one less pit stop doesn't always work. Two were better in Valencia. Nico Hülkenberg finished fifth. His best result of the season. Di Resta could be happy to finish seventh. There was lean food in the last three races. The Force India pilots were always on the threshold of the top ten, but only in Hockenheim it was enough for Hülkenberg to get two World Championship points. The reason why Hülkenberg and di Resta had to slow down at the end of the race and thus fell out of the points was always the same. High tire wear on the rear axle. Force India suffers from symptoms similar to Mercedes and McLaren. The power of theMercedes V8 starts too brutally. This is being worked on in Brixworth.

At the start of the season, Force India was way behind Sauber and Williams. There was even a fight with ToroRosso. The first major facelift at the Spanish GP brought the turning point. Since the exhaust has been blowing from a duct in the side pods onto the edge of the diffuser, as with McLaren, the car has put its biggest problem away. 'The traction has been significantly improved,' confirms Nico Hülkenberg. The second development step followed in Silverstone with newly modeled side pods and a modified rear wing. It took two races for the intended effect to hit the circuit. The new rear wing delivered more downforce, but it wasn't stable. Only an aero test got the Force India technicians on track. The windows in the end plates were then slightly changed again.

So far there has not been a single defect

The stability is a trademark of the white-green-orange cars this season too. So far there has not been a single defect. The two reasons for failure were the consequences of an accident. In Melbourne, Nico Hülkenberg got one from Mark Webber in the crowd and didn't even finish the first round. Paul di Resta clashed with Romain Grosjean at Silverstone. The Scot pulled the short straw and had to retire after two laps with serious damage to the underbody. Because of the two early retirements, the team only ranks fifth with 6,046 racing kilometers.

'But I've had Paulchen under control since Barcelona'

The speed on one lap is right. At least one Force India has made it into the top ten on the grid since the Monaco GP. In Valencia and Hockenheim, both drivers even made it into Q3. The first races went to Paul di Resta. 'But I've had little Paul under control since Barcelona,' said Hülkenberg happily. If you subtract from the penal transfer of the Rhinelander for a gear change at Silverstone, then he has won five of the last seven training duels. Hulkenberg is only behind on points. Di Resta has eight more points on the account.


World Cup position: 8 (Di Resta P13, Hülkenberg P16)
World Cup points: 46
victories : 0
Pole positions: 0
Fastest race lap: 0
Podiums: 0
Points placed: 10
Race kilometers: 6,046.0 km (P5)
Leading kilometers: 5.4 km ( P8)
Target arrivals /cancellations: 20/2


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