Currently placed in the sixth position with 62 points, Force India has managed to score just 3 points in last 7 races. On the other hand, Sauber, currently placed seventh, has gained since the change in tires by Pirelli. In the last five races, Sauber has gathered 37 points, compared to Force India’s 1 point. Though Force India is still 17 points ahead of Sauber, the Swiss team is quickly catching up. And this could mean huge loss, not only in terms of ranking, but also in revenue.
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.