Force India is reaching a level of competitiveness surprising for a team private, but that does not stop them wanting to aspire to more, and the objective is to get to finish the season 2017 between the three best teams in the championship.
For that to become possible, it will be imperative that their two drivers to provide a good number of points and, taking into account that the reliability of Sergio Perez, is amply demonstrated, the responsibility falls on Esteban Ocon, which has still not scored in nine races have been completed with Manor in 2016.
in this regard, the Chief operating officer of Force India, Olmar Szafnauer, acknowledges that the equipment expected that Ocon comply in a similar way as it has done Nico Hülkenberg in previous seasons, as claimed in statements to RACER, through to the which also highlighted the continuity existing in the technical staff of the training-based in Silverstone.
“we are Confident that Stephen can learn very fast. It is for this reason that we chose it, because it has shown to have skill to be fast in a short time. We will teach you how to drive our car because we hope to be able to challenge Czech (Sergio Perez). Nico (Hülkenberg) has been very fast, but I think Esteban has the potential to take over and do a good job”.
“I Think it is very important to have two drivers who can score points in the championship, because otherwise we are at risk of falling into the classification. it Is important that Stephen step up and start to score points from the start and with regularity.
“I Think that will be a great challenge for him coming to a new team, although not so much for being a new car because all the cars will be different, and that may help in comparison to other riders. We’re going to do our job in the best way possible and we will be prepared in relation to our rivals. we Want to be more stable and it is for this reason that our staff has not changed much during the winter. We have changed a pilot but our heads have been maintained, which is important.”
on the other hand, the one attached to the address Bob Fernley, has stated in statements to Autosport that the two-year contract that Esteban Ocon has signed does not provide for the transfer to Mercedes in case of the German team needed their services. The French rider belongs to the program of young pilots of the German flag, but Force India is only willing to allow him to ride in the Mercedes in testing, never in competition. “it Will be a pilot of Force India for two years and is already. Can’t replace one of their drivers, but if they were offered a test with them, we would be happy to have him do it. You have to optimize the computer’s performance and the pilot while you have them. If you’re at the top, just your desire to change of team”.