Formula 1 team Force India is looking forward to the main portion of its Spanish Grand Prix upgrade package to fix its aero woes.
Force India’s cars have managed to finish in the points in every race thus far, and have shown that Formula One is indeed keen to become a sport that offers smaller and lesser-funded teams with equal opportunities when compared to the top-tier Goliaths – but that isn’t stopping the team from pushing to become a goliath itself.
The team is expecting a significant overhaul to its aero package, primarily located in the floor of the car. After identifying an issue with wind tunnel simulation data to raw track performance data, Force India’s Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley is eager to bolt the upgrade on and get back on the attack:
“We know exactly what it is, Andy [Green, technical director] and the team have determined that there’s a correlation issue, we knew that in Barcelona testing.
The effects were identified, [solutions] put in place and it’s just a production process and it will hopefully bolt on in Barcelona and we can go toe-to-toe again as opposed to having to defend.
It’s related to our aero platform. The problem is that you pick one bit up and it affects different areas and you’ve got to go back through it, correct it and then produce the new part for it. The new floors and things will be available for Barcelona.” – Bob Fernley
It’s promising that Force India have been able to score points at every opportunity with a car designed with a wind tunnel in which there would have been differences between predetermined effects and reality on track. Last year, the team took the car to the next level at the Spanish Grand Prix. If it happens again in 2017, the Red Bull drivers might start thinking that someone has covered their mirrors in pink paint.