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Q&A: Andrew Green, Sahara Force India

That philosophy still holds true. I think maybe we swung a little bit too far in the other direction last year. We're aware that we weren't that competitive at Monza, so we'll make sure we'll address that for 2012.

Q:
Obviously last year the team had to learn a lot about the Pirelli tyres. Has that fed back into this car?

Andrew Green:
We learned a huge amount about the tyres and everything we've learned has been incorporated into the design of the VJM05. We've given ourselves some manoeuvrability on suspension design and characteristics which will help us at different tracks that demand different things from the tyres. So we're looking to exploit that.

Q:
In other words last year there were things that you wanted to adjust, but you were not able to?

Andrew Green:
Exactly, we had designed ourselves into a corner in a few areas. We recognised early on that we wanted to manoeuvre out of them, but we couldn't! All those things were addressed with the 2012 car.

Q:
This time last year there was a lot of talk about the DRS. Any changes for this year?

Andrew Green:
There was a huge amount of rear wing development early in the season, although it tailed off towards the end. It shouldn't be the big focus that it was in 2011. We're carrying on the development from last year – it's a reasonably competitive package. We will look to update it early on in the season, but to be honest it will only be marginal changes.

Q:
In general terms with relatively stable rules is it getting harder and harder to find those little improvements?

Andrew Green:
Yes, the gains that we find in the tunnel are getting smaller and smaller, and are getting harder and harder to find. And you have to think harder and harder to get those returns. We can see that in the tunnel – if you carry on the same route the gains get smaller, so you have to start thinking of other ways of generating the downforce. There are a couple of areas that we are exploring at the moment that look quite fruitful.

Q:
Often when the rules are stable the field gets closer together. Is that an extra motivation for you and the team?

Andrew Green:
Yes, it would obviously be good to be racing closer to the front. There was definitely a Premier League last year, and it will be good to be snapping at their heels! That's certainly the plan.

Q:
The schedule was different this year in that the car passed its crash tests in December. Has that freed you up to focus on development?

Andrew Green:
As far as I am concerned, this car was designed more than two or three months ago, and what I'm looking at now is all the development parts. We're scheduling all the new parts that are going to come in for the last test or the first race, so they are the ones on which we can focus. The net result is that we will be adding performance on the car come Melbourne because of the shape we're in now. We will have that capacity in February to really push through updates in a much shorter period of time, because everything else will have been sorted. That's really what we're gearing ourselves up for – the first race – and it will be a little bit different from the car that we are going to run at the first test.

Q:
Finally, how excited are you about the driver line-up?

Andrew Green:
I'm looking forward to seeing Nico in the car and it will be Paul's second year, so I don't think we could ask for a stronger line-up. It gives us an extra edge – they will extract a higher percentage of the car's performance than other drivers, which is great for us. I'm looking forward to the racing now!


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The New VJM05 front wing - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
The New VJM05 - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
The New VJM05 rear wing - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
The New VJM05 - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
The New VJM05 front wing - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
The New VJM05 front wing - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch
The New VJM05 front wing - Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM05 Launch

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