Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez both expect Force India to be strong in this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.
Both cars struggled somewhat during the Belgian Grand Prix, recovering from neither driver qualifying in the top ten to score a double points finish in the race. With the Mercedes F1 power unit set to be even more advantageous at Monza, Hulkenberg believes the team can target a stronger result than a fortnight ago.
“I expect us to be quite competitive there,” Hulkenberg said. “It should be better for us than Spa. It's all about power and top speed and we know the engine will be strong. We also have a new low downforce rear wing that we will use for Monza only. Braking from top speed for the chicanes with a skinny rear wing is always tricky.”
And Perez said the track holds special memories for him having finished on the podium there driving for Sauber in 2012.
“Definitely [special],” Perez said. “It's another favourite of mine. I think everybody enjoys going there because it's such a beautiful location. I raced there a few times before Formula One and always had good results. I was on the podium two years ago [finishing second] – it was one of my best races in Formula One and a very special memory.”
Asked if he could repeat his podium result this weekend, Perez replied: “We will certainly try.
“I think it's going to be a good track for us. It's important to qualify in the top ten to have a chance of scoring good points. It's difficult to overtake at Monza and if you are out of position it's hard to recover.”