With just 3 points scored in last 7 races, Force India gets ready for home grand prix
Sahara Force India, the only Indian team on the F1 roaster currently, started the 2013 season impressively, by scoring 59 points from the first 8 races. At one point, they were ranked better than McLaren-Mercedes, but their form has taken a huge hit since the new tires were introduced.
Sahara Force India’s 2013 Formula 1 prize money might suffer a big loss, if the team finished seventh. Speaking to PA Sport, Force India deputy team principal, Bob Fernley said, “Most of the gaps in prize money (in the constructors’) are between 3.5million pounds to 4million pounds, but unfortunately the gap between sixth and seventh is more like 6million pounds to 7million pounds (Rs 60-70 crore approx). It’s a big hit, not one we want.”
At the Japanese Grand Prix last week, Sutil suffered a gearbox change penalty on Saturday due to which he started at the back of the grid and hence the entire burden to score some points was entrusted to Paul di Resta who also failed to make his mark right from the start of the race. The best part of the race for Force India was the start as Sutil moved up to P16 but did not have the pace that was needed.
There is no question that Force India team and drivers, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil are struggling. But with the next stop at Buddh International Circuit in India, the team can hope for a revival, riding on home support.