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Mike Gascoyne - Force India: Q&A - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


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Force India may not have scored this season, but there have still been a few notable highs, including Adrian Sutil's drive at the Monaco GP, as well as more recently Giancarlo Fisichella's run in qualifying at Monza - when the Italian put the Silverstone-based outfit in Q2 for the very first time in its short history. Crash.net Radio spoke to chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne recently ahead of the Singapore GP...


Crash.net:
Mike, the race result in Italy may not have been very positive for Force India, but qualifying was a different story. How much of a boost was that for everyone?

Mike Gascoyne:
It was a very good boost. We said at the start of the year that one of our aims was to start getting into Q2. We never managed it last year and that was a clear aim for 2008. We came very close early on in the season but slipped back a little bit. But the last two or three races we have taken a positive step forward and it was enjoyable to get the car into Q2. In some ways it was disappointing though as we only missed out on Q3 by less than half a tenth.

Crash.net:
How far has the team come this season in your opinion?

MG:
The team has come a long way. It is unfortunate in Formula 1 at the moment that it is just incredibly competitive. We are the team at the back still but if you look at it we have closed up from being something like 3 seconds off the pace this time a year ago to now being 1.5 seconds off the pace, which in recent years would have been a good midfield performance. The frustration for us is that we are still at the back. I think the thing to remember though is that when we designed this car a year ago we were still Spyker and we had no budget. The team has come a long way since then as Force India and looking forward we can be very positive about the future.

Crash.net:
How pleased has the team been with the performances of Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil?

MG:
The drivers have done a pretty good job for us. At the start of the year, as expected, Giancarlo was very strong and really put Adrian under a lot of pressure. But Adrian has responded to that and in the last few races his performances have also been very good. He struggled in qualifying in Monza on his second set of tyres, but other than that he has been performing very strongly.

Crash.net:
What can the team achieve now in the remaining four races?

MG:
If you look at the last two or three races since the introduction of our seamless shift gearbox we have clearly taken a step forward in competitiveness. We want to maintain that and I think we have still got chances to pick up some points. Monza could have been one of those, it didn't turn out to be, but I think those chances - in maybe Singapore or Fuji - will come along again and we need to be there to take advantage of them.

Crash.net:
Singapore is of course going to be a new event and the first-ever F1 race at night. How much of a difference - if any - will it make in reality?

MG:
It is going to be a very interesting event. We are all looking forward to it. It is going to be a unique thing the race in Singapore with the nature of the track and with it being a night time event. It is quite nice this year with Valencia and Singapore to go a couple of new places.

Crash.net:
Will working at night lead to any changes in terms of how the team organises and approaches the event?

MG:


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