Force India issue ‘new team policy’

Date published: August 30 2017

Force India have issued a new team policy to their drivers aimed at preventing incidents such as their Belgian GP collision from again happening.

Not for the first time this season Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon made contact during Sunday’s grand prix, forcing both drivers into the pits for repairs.

Perez, who squeezed Ocon against the wall on the run to Eau Rouge, later retired while Ocon recovered to finish P9.

It could, however, have been a whole lot better for Force India as both drivers were running well inside the points before the accident.

As such the team has now issued orders that team boss Vijay Mallya hopes will put an end to these tyres of incidents.

“It’s hard to look back on the race at Spa, knowing we had the pace to score a lot of points, and came away with only two,” Mallya said.

“At least we are back on track this weekend and we get an immediate chance to put the disappointment behind us.

“Monza is another quick track on which we expect to do well: like in Baku and Montreal, the layout of the track should play to our strengths.

“At this stage of the season, it’s crucial we make the most of every opportunity to score points.

“We have made both drivers aware of the new team policy designed to prevent incidents like the ones in Spa from reoccurring.

“As a team, we have a responsibility to defend our position and I am sure we will finish the season without any further issues.

“We have been competitive on every track so far and we intend to continue our strong season with another good performance in Monza.”