Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says he expects challenges in getting its much anticipated updated VJM08 up to speed at the British Grand Prix, but remains confident the results will come quickly
Following a lengthy development process, the upgraded VJM08 will make its bow at Silverstone, fittingly just a short distance from where the car was conceived in the team's factory opposite the circuit's entrance.
The debut of the new car, which will be fully revealed when it is rolled out for first time during FP1, comes after a sixth place finish in the Austrian Grand Prix helped manoeuvre it up to fifth in the constructors' standings, a lofty position few deemed likely when it began the year with the under-developed first iteration of the VJM08.
With this in mind, though Mallya admits running a new car is always likely to result in a challenge to get it up to speed straight away, he is certain it will be quick soon enough.
“We come to Silverstone off the back of two strong results in Canada and Austria, two races that have been a big boost for everyone in the team,” he said. “As we approach the mid-season point, being fifth in the championship is a tremendous achievement, especially when you take into consideration our start to the season. It's a reward for the hard work by everyone in the team, both at the factory and trackside.
“Our recent results are an excellent platform to build on for the second part of the season, with our eagerly-awaited upgrade package making its debut in Silverstone. Everyone is full of anticipation, but we know it will be a very steep learning curve to fully understand and get on top of the changes in just a few free practice sessions. However, I remain optimistic we will see progress sooner rather than later.”