Good Signs From Force India

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One of the encouraging sign this week has been the 900km that Force India turned during testing.

While no one is expecting them to be challenging Ferrari and McLaren for the top of the podium, the most important thing in F1 is finishing a race and this looks to be a good start for Force India. Both drivers were encouraged by their pace and the high down force behavior of the car. I think this is a good sign for the team and should bode well in the first three races if there is attrition at the top. Could be a quick way to score a point or two and take some of the travel expense off the balance sheet for 2009.

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raithrover
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A good performance from Team India may encourage more investors for Super Aguri and shows what may be possible with some cash and talent.

Negative Camber
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Good point. That could be why the India consortium wanted to buy into Aguri. New markets and excitement. Too bad Honda didn’t allow it.

onthepodium
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it’s probably too early to be so positive, but i have a good feeling about this team. scoring a few points this season would be a huge success if they can pull it off. mallya’s goal is a podium in 2010, which is very ambitious, but i’d love to see them pull it off, or at least stay firmly in the middle of the pack. if he can continue to secure the right people and provide the financial stability, leadership, and motivation, the team should perform better than it’s last incarnation.

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fisi seems happy lately, which is a good thing. these are his last years and hopefully, they are enjoyable for him.

http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=41841

WonkyDave
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I understand why Fisi is there, but he’s become the rough equivilent of a test driver this year. Team Multicultural (Irish, Russian, Dutch and now Indian) might make improvements to last year’s car, but it won’t be anything more than marginal and they’ll be running to gain data for ’09. High down force on last year’s car only occured when the jacks were lowered in the pits. Sutil certainly has the potential to become a very good racer. However if he begins to realize his talent in the next 1-2 years, the team won’t be able to stop him from… Read more »
onthepodium
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all true wonkyD. no one is expecting miracles. and i don’t think fisi is ignorant of the fact that he couldn’t have gotten any better drive than where he is now. he won’t be racing in F1 too much longer and i’m sure he knows that. and for sure, most everyone expects sutil to outgrow the team shortly if he continues to get better. it seems like forever ago, but alonso got his break from a back-of-the-grid team. but the bigger point is that we need teams like this on the grid, otherwise it’s all manufacturers. they are decent enough… Read more »
Negative Camber
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OTP, I think we need a couple of companies that make lumps and chassis. Like March and Cosworth. These companies provided the needed resources at an affordable price for privateers. A consortium of people who make competitive racing parts. Maybe ProDrive could step up. AS it is, the privateers are just emboldening the manufacturers that are already on the grid and the price offsets the cost of their F1 program. Seems to me there is room for this type of thing still in F1. But that’s just me. WE need the new Cosworth DFV. :) Loading...
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onthepodium

you’re right NC, a consortium of companies that offer lumps and chassis at affordable prices would be great. they’d have to sell enough to make a profit though. there must be practical reasons why there aren’t any engine suppliers other then the manufactuers. but in the meantime, at least teams like force india or toro rosso make their own chassis. it’s not a total 2nd team for the manufacturers. but where else can they go for an engine that can compete in F1?

Negative Camber
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There used to be Cosworth, Mecachrome, Matra, Mugen/Honda etc. With the engine freeze, it very well could be possible again. Before the freeze, the manufacturers would just out spend for quali lump, race lump etc. Now that the freeze is here, perhaps someone could.