‘More to come’ from Force India in 2016
Sahara Force India’s deputy team principal, Robert Fernley, claimed there is more to come from the VJM09 despite design focus shifting to the 2017 car.
The UK based team is currently locked in a head-to-head battle with Williams for fourth position in the 2016 constructors championship.
Beating Williams in the constructors would mean a welcome financial boost to the team in terms of prize money for 2017. It would give the team the prestige of being the top ‘mid-field’ outfit in the constructors and, for all intents and purposes, the top non-works outfit.
Despite the fight for fourth in the constructors championship, the team is now focusing on 2017 development according to Fernley. He said: “Our focus in terms of the design side is on the ’17 car and has been for some while.”
The design phase of 2016 car development may have ceased for Force India, however, Fernley alluded to the fact that the team is yet to unlock the true pace of the VJM09. “I think there is more to come out of the ’16 package from a track engineering point of view and we continue to get performance out of it every week and as long as that happens we can hopefully take the battle to Williams all the way,” he concluded.