Monday, 30 June 2014

Sahara Force India British Grand Prix Preview

(Sahara Force India Formula Team)

The Sahara Force India Formula One Team have the shortest journey to make this weekend as the outfit get set for their home Grand Prix. The team are based just across the road from the Silverstone based circuit, the home of the British Grand Prix. The team head to their home event following another strong performance last time out at the Rd Bull Ring in Austria where Sergio Perez finished the race in 6th place while Nico Hulkenberg finished the race in 9th.

As a result of yet another point's scoring finish for the team they remain in 4th place in the Constructors championship just eleven point's behind Ferrari.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's race Hulkenberg said:

'We probably did not show our true potential. We were struggling with the car balance and I think that had an impact on the tyres. It’s still good to come away with points, but I think there is more to come when I get on top of the issues we had in Austria.

When asked about the race in Silverstone, the German commented:

'It’s definitely one of my favourite races. We had a full house at the last race in Austria and I expect the same at Silverstone. The fans are great and it’s a race with so much history. Because it’s the home of the team, I can spend a lot of time at the factory seeing the faces that I don’t get to see that often. There’s always a good feeling about the whole week.

Hulkenberg heads to the British Grand Prix hoping to give the team their second podium finish of the season following Sergio Perez's third place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this season. This weekend will see F1 tyre supplier Pirelli bringing the Harder compound tyre to the race and The Hulk shared his thought's on this saying:

'All of the drivers enjoy the quick parts of the lap and you have to be committed. When you hook up all the corners in one lap it’s a great feeling. It’s difficult to know how the harder compounds will impact us, but I hope I can continue my run of points.'

Sergio Perez heads to the British Grand Prix following another strong drive last time at the Red Bull Ring and will be hoping for another great result in front of the team's staff as a lot of the factory based staff get to go to the Grand Prix. The Mexican was very happy with his performance at the Austrian Grand Prix saying:

'It was a very strong race for us and an important result. I think we had the pace to fight for a podium, but allowing for the circumstances I think we did a good job. Considering where we started, I think we took the maximum out of the race. The good start was especially important because I was running the first stint on the prime tyre. That set me up for a strong afternoon.'

Perez was asked about the current approach by the Silverstone based team and he said:

'The approach we take is to think about how we can be competitive over a 70 lap race. In the last few events I've done really well, apart from Monaco, where we didn't have the opportunity. We're getting there, but it's just unfortunate that we've been unlucky. In Montreal, for example, we were close to winning the race. I’m sure we can get some good results in the second half of the season.'

The Mexican was also asked about how he feels the team will fair at the British Grand and he stated:

'I think Silverstone will be a bit more of a challenge compared to the last few races, but I am sure we can still do a good job. It’s a track I enjoy and I usually go well there. We have been performing solidly on every track so far and I see no reason we can't put in a similar performance this weekend. It's also the team's local race so this adds an extra motivation for us to do well.'

The team have scored thirty point's in the last three Grand Prix and team boss Dr Vijay Mallya is hoping that trend continues this weekend at the British Grand Prix.

'We have to get out of this mindset of saying we are good on this track and not so good on another track. We need to be competitive on all tracks, which has been the case so far this year. Silverstone is special for us; we regard it as our home track. We'll pull out all the stops and put on a good performance'

© Ben Johnston 2014

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