Force India to have revised car for Silverstone

Sat Jun 6, 2015 10:30am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Force India will test their heavily revised Formula One car in Austria this month with a race debut scheduled for Silverstone in July, deputy team principal Bob Fernley said on Saturday.

"We passed all the crash test requirements this week," he told Reuters at the Canadian Grand Prix. "We failed the first one, got through the second one and we're on target to try it out at the test.

"It's first race program will be Silverstone."

Fernley had said last month that there was a chance of getting one car ready to race at Spielberg on June 21, with a flip of the coin to determine whether Mexican Sergio Perez or German Nico Hulkenberg drove it.

The coin will no longer be needed.

"The most important thing for us is to have two cars at Silverstone so both drivers have the same opportunity," said Fernley, who added that both would drive it at the test in Austria that follows the grand prix.

"It's a very significant departure (from the previous car)," he continued. "It's the culmination of a massive program that Force India has undertaken over the winter.

"We really haven't been able to bring any key track improvement since probably Russia last year while we've been going through this whole process where we've changed the philosophy of how we actually operate our aero department."   Continued...

Nico Hulkenberg of Force India during practice before qualifying. Monaco Grand Prix 2015 - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo - 23/5/15. Reuters / Max Rossi