September 20, 2011 (F1plus Team).- Force India is flying high in motivation. The team just passed Sauber in the standings and the first Grand Prix to be held in India, the place they called “home”, is just around the corner.
All the team members are looking forward for the second stint in Asia, and the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore, where the 14th round of the Formula 1 championship will be raced, and at night, represents an uncommon but interesting challenge.
Force India’, Team Principal, Dr. Vijay Mallya, is confident that even better results will come, since its car is better prepare for high downforce type of circuits, although the main objective of the team was to develop a car to be competitive everywhere.
Mallya commented: “The technical direction we all agreed on at the factory was to build a car for all circuits. This year’s car probably has more downforce than ever before, and therefore less straight-line speed. However we went well at Spa and Monza, and now we’re going to tracks that require more downforce, which we have. So we’re looking to continue this good performance for the remainder of the year.”
Singapore is a street circuit, somewhat similar to Monaco, with short straight a lot of gracing and turns. Car has to be set up high from the floor given its bumpiness to avoid bottoming, and of course, with also high downforce.
This downforce level is one of the reasons why the team prospects are good and Adrian Sutil shares that vision: “The low downforce configuration of Monza did not really work that well for us so Singapore should be better. It’s the opposite of how it was before: we are now more competitive on downforce circuits, so we should be quite strong. With a good strategy I think anything is possible there.”
Having a competitive car is one thing, a different one to drive it efficiently. Experience with these types of circuits is key, and Paul di Resta knows that it will be a bigger challenge for him this one.
Basically the Scot will have learn the track and work his best during the three (3) practice sessions. And he said: “… it’s true that Singapore is probably going to be one of the more difficult tracks to get up to speed on because it’s such a long lap. Also, with any street circuit you need to build up your confidence over the weekend.
Adding later: “I definitely enjoy the challenge and you have to take a slightly different approach to them. It’s all about having as much time in the car so that you can push right to the limits of the track.”