F1 »

Force India 'need time' with upgrades

Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta say Force India needs time with its upgrade VJM04
Adrian Sutil admits that Force India faces a challenge to get up to speed with its updated VJM04 after a below par start to the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

The German was outpaced by the Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen as he worked through a programme focused on set-up development with the new aerodynamic components being introduced for the first time this weekend.

Admitting that the team hasn't found the sweet spot with the parts, Sutil said it was going to be difficult to get all the updates working and was partly the reason why he was languishing down the times.

“I ran with all our new aero parts this morning and in the afternoon, but to be honest we haven't managed to find the sweet spot yet,” he said. “The guys did a great job to get everything on the car, but it's never easy to introduce so many new things during a weekend and to test them properly.

“Getting this new package to work is probably going to be more difficult than we thought and that's why we didn't look that competitive today. So we have work to do this evening to see if we can improve things for tomorrow.”

Team-mate Paul di Resta, who only ran during the afternoon to allow test driver Nico Hulkenberg to compete in FP1, agreed that there was a lot of work to be done on the upgraded package.

“I missed the morning session so there was a big workload to get through in the afternoon,” the Scot said after posting the 17th quickest time. “It was the first time I'd been in the car with the entire new package and we always knew it would be a big change compared to what we were used to.

“The car feels very different and it's clear we have lots of work to do to understand the new parts and get the most from them. By the end of the afternoon we had definitely improved the car quite a bit, but we need to sit down tonight and think about how we should approach tomorrow.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
06.05.2011- Friday Practice, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM04
26.03.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
26.03.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
26.03.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
26.03.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
26.03.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
26.03.2017 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
26.03.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
26.03.2017 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
26.03.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
26.03.2017 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 leads Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
26.03.2017 - Race, Start of the race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
26.03.2017 - Race, Start of the race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Haas F1 Team VF-17
26.03.2017 - Race, Start of the race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
26.03.2017 - Race, Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director and mechanics Ferrari
26.03.2017 - Race, Paul Hembery, Executive President of Pirelli Latam Region Consumer
26.03.2017 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
26.03.2017 - Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.