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Force India pair seek to bounce back

Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi target points as Force India brings in its blown diffuser for the Hungarian Grand Prix
Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi will look to bounce back from a tough weekend in Germany as Force India introduces a raft of new upgrades for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The team failed to score for only the second time this season at Hockenheim after a challenging race, where Sutil and Liuzzi were forced to pit after a tangle on the opening lap.

To make matters worse, miscommunication in the pits meant that the drivers were fitted with the wrong tyres during their stops and were forced to come in again for the mistake to be rectified.

That left both well down the order, and saw the team hit with a reprimand as regulations state that cars can only be fitted with the tyres registered to them at the start of the race weekend.

Eager to put the German weekend firmly in the past, Sutil and Liuzzi will now hope to benefit from the introduction of a new blown diffuser, which the team will try for the first time during Friday practice.

“The Hungaroring is actually a difficult track, with a lot of corners that require focus as one leads into the next without any recovery time,” Sutil said. “I like driving there, even though the average speed is quite low. Qualifying is very important, and despite our recent form in this area, I'm always confident I can make it into the top ten.

“We'll also try new parts, including a new blown diffuser on the Friday. In the past I've never had much luck in Hungary, but this is a new year for me, year number zero, with a competitive car, a strong position in the championship and everything to push for.”

Liuzzi, who will stand down for the opening free practice session to allow Paul di Resta to return to action, said he felt the team could be in for a strong weekend having performed well at Monaco earlier in the season.

“Hungary is now coming very soon and although we know it could be a tough weekend for us because of the strength of the competition now, we still have a chance to fight for points because we're always there when everything goes right,” he said. “It's like a big Monaco in that the circuit is very twisty and there's not much room for overtaking, and at Monaco we were quite strong.

“I quite like the track and I've been pretty fast in the past. It's all about the rhythm, akin to a kart circuit, so I like it! It's one of the old school circuits with a nice atmosphere and a beautiful city, and it's always good to be there. I believe we have a chance to score points, but the others won't make it easy.”



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