‘Damage limitation’ for points-scoring Force India

Date published: April 27 2017

Although Force India have begun this season with a hat-trick of double points-scoring finishes, Bob Fernley says it is a “case of damage limitation” as they await a major aero upgrade.

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon have made a good start to this year’s championship with both drivers inside the points in the opening three races.

As such Force India are leading the midfield battle with 17 points, one ahead of Williams.

The team, though, is waiting on a major aerodynamic update which is scheduled for next month’s Spanish Grand Prix.

“It’s a case of damage limitation,” Fernley, Force India’s deputy team boss, told Autosport.

“The key position we took coming out of testing was to be as close as possible to fourth place in the championship by the time we got to Barcelona.

“At the moment we are in fourth place, so it doesn’t get any better!

“We’ve made sure we’ve had good strategy, and good racecraft, and kept bringing it home.

“Hopefully we can draw a line under the first four races and move forward from Barcelona.”

Fernley is confident that the updates will resolve the issues Force India’s VJM10 has through the slower corners.

He added: “The issues are in the slow to medium corners, which are predominantly what Bahrain is about, and we will probably suffer a bit in Russia as well.

“Hopefully what will happen from Spain onwards is the updates will put us back into contention, and we will be a contender for fourth, as opposed to relying on opportunities.”