Tuesday, 7 April 2015

VJM08-B delayed until the Austrian GP

(Sahara Force India Formula One Team)

Sahara Force India Deputy Team Principal Robert Fernley has confirmed that the Silverstone based outfit’s plans to introduce a B-spec version of their VJM08 have been put on hold until the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring which takes place from June 19 – 21.

The team initially planned for the new heavily revised and updated car to be ready for the Monaco Grand Prix in May however Fernley has confirmed that although the development of the new car is progressing well it probably won’t be seen until the Austrian Grand Prix. 

The Silverstone based outfit ran the car for the first time at the final winter test in Barcelona in February after they experienced a delay in the production of the car as they conducted a deal to use Toyota’s wind-tunnel in Cologne.

The team scored points in the opening race of the season as both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio ‘Checco’ Perez finished the race in seventh and ninth place respectively.

As a result of their double points finish in Australia, Sahara Force India head to the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend in seventh place in the Constructors championship. Meanwhile Fernley has stated that it makes sense in running the new car in Austria as there is a two day test following the race before the team’s head to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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