Force India could catch Red Bull but…


Although it is not impossible to believe that Force India could chase down Red Bull, Otmar Szafnauer concedes that the only way they can do that is by out-developing the championship-winning team.

Five races into this championship and Force India are just 19 points behind Red Bull Racing.

It has been a great start to the season for the Silverstone-based team, who have secured a double points-haul in all five races.

They had their best showing last time out in Spain where Sergio Perez was fourth to Esteban Ocon’s P5.

While Force India are enjoying their Sunday afternoon, the same cannot be said of Red Bull who have lagged behind Mercedes and Ferrari.

But while Force India say it is not impossible for them to chase down third place, it won’t be an easy task.

“We’re 19 points behind them now with a quarter of the season gone,” Force India’s chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said. “There’s three quarters of the season to go.

“19 points isn’t insurmountable so it’s still an objective that is achievable, but in order for us to achieve that we need more pace.

“They’re faster than us, they’re going to beat us, it’s that simple.

“So if we can improve the pace of the car and develop at a quicker rate than Red Bull, the fact that we’re only 19 points behind could allow us to achieve.

“But I don’t know if that will happen.

“If everything stays the same, relative performance, they will beat us.”