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Q&A: Otmar Szafnauer, Sahara Force India

Exactly. We have continuity in our senior employees and management, we have continuity in our powertrain – Mercedes do a great job on the engine and KERS. We've got two good drivers again. We're starting to understand the tyres a bit more. All things considered, it will be tough, but I think we will be competitive. Where will we finish? It's difficult to predict. But our goal is fifth, and I think we will be competing for that.

Q:
Sahara came on board late last year. What impact will that have going forward?

Otmar Szafnauer:
It just gives us further financial stability, which is always good and welcome. It also means that our future planning for the medium term might see some significant changes, as we've got two shareholders who have funding capability for the team to grow. We're going through that process now, and it could be that we will soon be announcing some infrastructure enhancements that will allow us to move past the midfield.

Q:
Sum up your expectations for 2012?

Otmar Szafnauer:
I think we've done a solid job over the winter, and we've complied with the FIA rules as I said. It all depends on what the others have done and what they were able to find from a development standpoint over the winter. It's going to be difficult in the midfield, but our focus is on improving our position from last season. We're going to work hard throughout the year to regularly qualify in Q3 and finish in the points. And to achieve fifth place, we'll have to do that.


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