New Delhi: With just one car making the chequered flag, Force India had a forgettable outing in Istanbul and the Silverstone-based outfit is now looking forward to the British Grand Prix later this month, hoping a new aero update would do the trick for them in their home race.
Despite Adrian Sutil making it to the second qualifying session for the second successive race, the German went on to finish 17th, while teammate Giancarlo Fisichella’s race was doomed by a brake problem and the Italian signed off with a ‘Did Not Finish’ tag against his name.
“Perhaps we had hoped for more from 15th on the grid,” Sutil said.
“The race pace was quite good though and I could have some exciting battles on track with a McLaren and a Brawn, which was great. It was an interesting race, the car balance and the race pace were pretty good. Only the result was not as we would have liked, but it’s been quite a positive weekend overall,” Sutil said.
Chairman and team principal Vijay Mallya admitted the team had expected better results but like Sutil, he too took a glass-half-full view of it.
“I think we hoped for slightly more from this race, but the overall weekend performance has consolidated the steps forward we took in Monaco,” Mallya said.
“We’ve got through to Q2 for the second race in a row and Adrian drove a very competitive race, particularly on his first and second stints,” he said.
Even though their maiden Formula One point continues to elude the side, Mallya said he was looking forward to better result at Silverstone -- just opposite the team’s factory -- where a new aero upgrade is anticipated.
“We can be encouraged by this team performance and also in the knowledge that we have some significant upgrades coming through for Silverstone in a couple of weeks’ time,” Mallya added.