Force India’s season turnaround happened when they released their B-spec car mid-season. You can draw a real line of distinction from the British Grand Prix onward and we’ve often remarked on our podcast about how well their master plan of releasing the new car mid-year has gone.
It makes me wonder if other small teams might not take up the process of starting the season with a reliable car and then releasing their new car mid-year. Regardless, driver Sergio Perez is very positive about his team’s prospects for 2016 and says he believes they could take a run at fourth in the championship:
“Finishing off the season the way we did provides us with a much stronger platform for next year,” said Perez.
“We’re expecting other teams to move up. You don’t know what will happen with Lotus/Renault, McLaren-Honda, those kind of teams, but we expect them to be up there fighting us.
“There is a lot of hope we can do better than fifth next season.
“I understand to move up to fourth is a big ask, but we have to be aiming for Red Bull and Williams.
“But I believe in the team and believe it can be a fantastic season next year.”
I’m not usually one who would just bandwagon this comment but to be honest, if FI get it right, they very well could challenge for fourth given a strong start in 20165 with a proven chassis and then a new chassis mid-year.
How do you see Force India progressing and do you think this new approach to mid-year chassis release is a good program for the smaller teams?
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT