F1 » 28 July 2012
Force India still focused despite turning attention to 2013
Force India is still hoping to replicate its 2011 championship position despite already looking forward to next season.
The Force India team has revealed that it will continue to chase a top six championship finish despite attention having already switched to the design and production of its challenger for next season.
Speaking to the media on the opening day of the Hungarian Grand Prix, technical director Andrew Green conceded that the majority of design team resources had been turned to 2013 'a while ago', but insisted that that did not mean that the VJM05 would be neglected as the current season heads into its second half, particularly after the impending summer break.
"It's a tricky time," Green accepted, "We brought our last big development to Silverstone, [but] we didn't really get a chance to evaluate it in the wet conditions. Beyond that, it's about optimising what we have and getting to know what we have and getting it to run at its peak. Development now really is turning to next year. For a team of our size, we can't afford to develop a car much beyond this point in the season. It's really a case of trying to optimise what we have."
Despite priorities moving towards 2013, however, Force India isn't about to give up the pursuit of places in the constructors' championship, even if Green accepts that repeating its 2011 result may be tough.
"At the moment, we would be targeting sixth position, that would be a realistic target for us, [but] it's going to be difficult," he conceded, "The cars in front of us are all very, very competitive. So it's going to be a big ask and we'll have to dig deep, as we always do - we'll be pushing like crazy right until the end. That'll be the plan and we'll see where we finishing.
"So far, we're in a position where we're better than we were last year with respect to points, and we're reasonably happy with that. If, every year, we score more and more points then, ultimately, we're going to go up, so we're happy with that. But there are just some teams in front of us who have scored some big results and got on the podium and that's put us behind them. It's just a matter of chipping away at them and, hopefully, by the time we get to the end, we'll be just in front. That'll be the plan."
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