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Force India hungry for points

New upgrades might make an appearance in Barcelona; Sutil and Di Resta eager to try the new developments in the race.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 15th (F1plus Team).- An now the Formula 1 goes to the “Iberian Peninsula” for The Spanish Grand Prix. Most of the teams will keep bringing their improvements and developments to their cars, and Force India, will also try to put theirs into action.

Adrian Sutil at Istanbul Park

The team had planned for a new wing for Turkey, but the wet conditions did not provide the best opportunity to analyse that addition, so the team decided not to use it and leave for a another race.

There’s a possibility that to the new package will be put into practice for this upcoming race at Catalunya, but it might be delayed to Monaco.

The team seems to be pretty confident that the overall upgrade will give them the edge and become more of a threat to the big teams as well as a chance to officially lead the middle pack teams.

“When our new aerodynamic developments are in place, I’m confident we can take a step forward in terms of performance.” Vijay Mallya, the team’s Principal, added.

FORCE INDIA drivers and the Circuit of Catalunya.

Adrian Sutil Q&A
Which part of the lap is most challenging?
The first three corners are quite difficult. It’s a quick complex and it’s important to get turn one right to have the correct line through the next couple of corners. In qualifying trim, turn three could be taken flat.

What's the secret to setting a quick laptime?
The first and second sectors are high-speed and you need to have the right aero balance. But the final part of the lap is quite slow and the mechanical set-up is more important. The difficult thing is to find the golden middle.

Overtaking has always been difficult at Barcelona – will that change this year?
Yes, I think we should see some overtaking. There is a long straight and tyre degradation will be high. I’m sure the race will be a bit different to what we have seen in previous years.

Paul Di Resta shares his impressions about the upcoming Race.
I’m really looking forward to this weekend because I probably know Barcelona better than any other track on the calendar. We did two tests there in the winter and I had four days in the car so I already feel quite well prepared. In fact, it’s a track that all the drivers know like the back of their hand and the teams have so much data already.

It’s usually a race where all the teams bring upgrades so we will need to take a step forward if we want to stay in the mix. We evaluated a new front wing in Istanbul and we hope to have more steps coming through in the near future. The team has been working hard on this new concept and everybody is quite upbeat about its race introduction, so that’s something to look forward to.

The aim for the weekend is to hopefully get back in the points. We’ve been pretty close to the top ten in all the races so far this season, so hopefully we can stay in the hunt.

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