Force India will give its much anticipated B-spec car its first run at the British Grand Prix, rather than wheel it out for the post-Austrian Grand Prix test.
The team had hoped to bring the new specification VJM08 to Austria to give it its first run around the Red Bull Ring during the two-day test after the race, but while some new parts will be introduced next week, Sergio Perez confirmed the car itself will hit the track for the first time at Silverstone.
“We are going to have it for Silverstone,” he said. “We are doing some testing with some of the parts in the test, but the main upgrade will come for Silverstone. It is very good news because there is only one race left, so hopefully we can score points this weekend and then aim for a much better second half of the year with the upgraded car
In the meantime, Perez will get the benefit from an upgraded Mercedes engine in Austria, which he expects will put Force India in with a good chance of more points.
“it is a good place to have a new engine. This track is quite important for the engine, so hopefully it can give us a good boost and we can be in a good position,” he continued.
“I am optimistic for this weekend. There are showers around and a concern over the weekend in that respect. Last year I was really strong around here, so I expect to be good. It doesn't have my high-speed corners – or corners – so we should be better here.”