It has been announced over the weekend that the Force India team will only introduce the “full” kit for their B-spec car at next month’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Although the team debuted the B-spec VJM08 at the British Grand Prix, fans have yet to witness the full potential of the revised car.
In an interview with the media over the weekend, Force India’s Technical Director Andrew Green has revealed that the current car is not yet the full B car as the full package has yet to be raced. Green stated the following:-
‘The car you’ve seen so far is the first step of a series of developments we will be introducing on to it over the next few races. It’s current potential won’t be realised until Singapore. That’s the race we are targeting to have the full kit on the car, the full upgrade.
‘The subsequent updates include front and rear wings, floor, diffuser, so quite a big suite of parts coming. I would say the car is about 50 per cent of the way there at the moment as far as updates are concerned, and it will be a step-change process over the next few races.’
It is clear that Force India haven’t revealed the full package with their B car and feel that heading into Singapore suits them to bring it out but will also help them become more competitive as the season goes on and will help them look forward to the 2016 season as a result of this approach.
As we head into round 11 of the Championship, Force India are fifth in the Constructors’ Championship on 39 points, 57 behind fourth placed Red Bull and four ahead of Lotus.
The team is hoping to keep Lotus at bay with Green further on in his interview with the media being confident that the updated car is a “big step” forward. Green added the following:-
‘It hasn’t cured all the problems we had with the car and what the drivers were asking for, but it’s taken a big step towards fixing it. It’s improved the situation.
‘What we have tried to do is balance the car through all the situations, through every type of corner. We had a widely-imbalanced car – some corners oversteer, some understeer – so we have tried to bring that balance together to make it one.’
As Green has stated in his interview this weekend, there are still problems with the B car and they are working in correlation with their drivers to ensure that these problems are fixed in order to get the best out of the car and also the drivers are able to have competitive performances on the track.
But overall, it is clear that Force India are still learning all the time about how their 2015 cars are behaving on the track and have a lot of work to do to be the position where they would like to be in. Personally I feel that Singapore could be too late for them to use what they have achieved to their benefit and will use this exercise to make sure they start the 2016 season in the best possible way while also ensuring that they end this season in the best way possible; even if it hasn’t been the season they hoped for.