Force India no longer developing 2013 car

By on Saturday, August 24, 2013

DSC_8182Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer says his team is no longer developing the VJM06, ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

Force India is currently in fifth place in the championship but Szafnauer admits that the team does not have the resources to run parallel programmes effectively.

"Because we’re such a small team we have stopped developing this year’s car and we’re working on next year’s car" he told F1Zone.net in Belgium.

"We can’t do this parallel development, we just don’t have the money and the resources. McLaren in Hungary brought a whole new package, we didn’t, Red Bull here brings a whole new package, we don’t. For us to challenge those teams we need more resources so we can develop both cars simultaneously and second, the big thing is we need a better wind tunnel."

But that does not mean that 2013 is a write off for the team.

"This season we're going to optimise what we have, do the best we can in racing and be a bit smart, but our development is only on 2014 now."

Nonetheless, Szafnauer says the Spa Francorchamps circuit should play into Force India's hands.

"I think so," he said when asked whether Spa is a favourable circuit to the team.

"In recent times we have made a big effort over the winter to make sure that we were good at all circuits, not just Spa or Monza. That usually has a trade off and means that when you’re really good at those [circuits] you come down a bit but you bring all the other ones much higher so we have a good chance everywhere, to score a bunch of points, not just a lot of points at a couple of races .

"In the last two years we’ve had that testing philosophy so when we go testing over the winter, wind tunnel testing, we develop the car such as it’s good everywhere."

"With that we should be not quite as good as we were in 2012 but looking at FP1 I think we’ll still be very good here.

Check out the site next week for a full interview with Force India's Otmar Szafnuer


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