GP Belgium: Fernley: “After Monza, we will evaluate and decide if further tightening”


In a year in which it is so important to allocate adequate resources to each development program, that the the regulation of 2017 requires teams to start from scratch with the next car, each training tries to have all fields well covered.

Force India is one of the teams still must fight to improve their position at the end of the year, as it is located very close to Williams, who currently holds the fourth place in the constructors ‘ championship. Bob Fernley, deputy team Leader of Force India, revealed that the team has been given until the Italian Grand Prix to decide how to face the end of the season. “after Monza, we will take a look at the situation and (decide) if
we’re going to play hard until the end of the season. I think that these two
races (Spa and Monza) are critical because historically it is logical
expect Williams to be strong”

“I would be very surprised if you don’t continue with our two riders in 2017”

Almost all computers are equipped with two independent task forces: one to continue working on the current car and another one that designs the 2017. Force India is not an exception, but you need to decide how many resources -budget, hours of wind tunnel, etc. – are allocated to each project. Fernley does not want to give details, but confirms that the team has separate working groups. “programs Are completely separate. The battle for us is to obviously reach out to Williams, they are extremely competitive and just struggle to try to adelantarles. In what refers to the car of 2017, is a matter of the factory, and are to stop it, as insurance that the rest of the teams. They are two separate programs”.

Another of the fronts that Force India has is the pair of pilots. Sergio Perez has a contract in force, but also a clause that allows you to leave to another team if you so wish. Renault and Williams want to have with him and the mexican has to decide what to do, jointly with its group of sponsors. “Before anything else, both Checo (Perez) as Nico (Hülkenberg)
have a contract and in normal conditions we need for continuity with
pilots, we would very much like to keep the two together. But with
Czech negotiations are commercial and very complicated
sophisticated come into play. We are at the moment in which
we try to ensure our pilots, is the process in which
we are now, and I would be very surprised if you do not continue with the
two in 2017”