Force India will introduce a new aerodynamic package at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix as it looks to chase down McLaren in the constructors’ championship.
After going into administration and returning as a new entry at the Belgian Grand Prix, Force India lost all of the points it had already earned this season and started from zero at Spa. Two impressive performances have helped the team pick up 32 points from the past two races to sit seventh in the constructors’ championship already – 20 points behind McLaren – and team principal Otmar Szafnauer says new parts will be introduced in Singapore to try and continue that momentum.
“We arrive in Singapore after two strong weekends where we maximized what was available to us,” Szafnauer said. “Thirty-two points combined from Spa and Monza is an excellent effort, and the team deserves credit for performing so well after all the uncertainty that surrounded us in August.
“I think Singapore is another opportunity to build on this momentum and keep scoring points. Traditionally we have always gone well there and both drivers enjoy street circuits. We have more performance to bring to the car this weekend with an updated aero package.
“It’s never easy to introduce and understand new parts during Friday practice, but hopefully we can unlock some performance straight away. Beyond Singapore, we hope the developments will keep us competitive as we begin the final third of the season.”
As well as the upgrades, Sergio Perez is confident of a strong showing in Singapore, going into the race looking to continue a perfect points-scoring record at the event.
“The race is a big test for the body,” Perez said. “When you’re in the car, it is hard to breathe and you’re sweating a lot. In the days leading up to the race I train in the toughest conditions I can to get used to it. The race is also the longest of the year in terms of time in the cockpit, so fitness is important. The best preparation is to sleep well and keep hydrated. The weird schedule makes it a bit strange, especially at the beginning of the week, but after a couple of days in Singapore it’s not a problem anymore.
“The Marina Bay Circuit is one of my favorites because I have scored points every time I’ve raced there. That’s seven times from seven races, and I’m looking forward to making it eight out of eight. I love driving street circuits because you have to be aggressive and accurate, and Marina Bay is the type of track where you can make a difference as a driver.
“Being so close to the walls is always challenging but it’s fun as well. With the wide cars it’s tougher to overtake, but is not as tight as Monaco and there is enough space to make some overtaking moves.
“We’re bringing an upgrade to the race, so I expect us to be competitive. Last year I finished fifth and after the breakthrough we had at Spa and Monza, I definitely expect to be fighting for a good amount of points this time as well.”