Redesign But No Sign Of Second Driver For Force India

On the day following McLaren’s much-anticipated car unveiling, it was the other end of the scale for a team of more modest fare. Force India brought out their new car to a waiting pack of journalists in the Silverstone pitlane before getting a brief run-out on track.

The team had the unusual situation of launching their car without two drivers. Paul Di Resta drove the car around for a lap after Deputy Principal Bob Fearnley said the second driver would have the same amount of testing time as Di Resta, and confirmed that its former race driver Adrian Sutil and tester Jules Bianchi were both in contention.

“The driver will be capable of doing an equal amount of time as Paul. Jules is a significant candidate for what we’re doing, along with Adrian [Sutil] and a few others,” said Fearnley.

Andrew Green, the team’s technical director, said that it was getting tougher to find greater leaps in performance, and that the time it took in the back end of last season aided greatly in the design of the 2013 challenger.

“It’s a new car, we didn’t hold back,” he said.

“Performance gains are getting harder and harder to find given the regulations stability, so we couldn’t hold back.

“We had to redesign basically everything to maximise the potential of the car.

“The time we took to understand the car at the end of the year actually helped us tremendously with the design of this one.”

The only Scottish driver on the grid was also the only driver in the Silverstone pitlane

The only Scottish driver on the grid was also the only driver in the Silverstone pitlane

The team’s current sole driver Paul Di Resta made note of the recent poor performances from the constructor at the beginning of campaigns and pointed towards the first qualifying session in March as a key point.

“It’s obviously tense times ahead,” said Di Resta. “It’s nice to see the finished product. The guys have done a good job. We need to start more strongly than we have in recent years. The key point is going to be qualifying in Melbourne.”

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