Clever man­age­ment on a shoe­string bud­get has pro­duced im­pres­sive re­sults

F1 Racing - - IN­SIDER -

For­mula 1 be­ing all about peo­ple – good tech­ni­cal peo­ple pri­mar­ily but also driv­ers, man­agers, me­chan­ics and money-pro­cur­ers – Force In­dia are a case study in putting it all to­gether. Of course they have to be seen in the con­text of their bud­get, which is much smaller than that of Mercedes, Red Bull, Fer­rari and McLaren, but is also far less than that of Wil­liams and Toro Rosso. Yet time and time again, Force In­dia emerge from anony­mous qual­i­fy­ing days with strong drives into the points. It reeks of good in-the-field man­age­ment, good driv­ers and log­i­cal pri­ori­tis­ing.

“Force In­dia emerge from anony­mous qual­i­fy­ing with strong drives into the points”

Tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Andy Green has done a nice job with the VJM07, par­tic­u­larly since he’s still or­gan­is­ing a tech depart­ment with around 15 ter­aflops of CFD power – about 10-12 be­hind the lead­ing teams. The team also wisely chose the Mercedes gear­box-within-a-gear­box trans­mis­sion/rear sus­pen­sion sys­tem, giv­ing them a de­cent back end when all else fails.

They also have two very fast driv­ers. Ser­gio Pérez has a But­ton-like feel for power ap­pli­ca­tion and Nico Hülken­berg is quite ca­pa­ble of win­ning a string of F1 races should his car per­mit.

Among the mid-field teams, Vi­jay Mallya has done a uniquely good job in sell­ing a share­hold­ing to, and ob­tain­ing spon­sor­ship from, a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional player (Sa­hara). And un­like other team own­ers who come and go ac­cord­ing to the size of their ego and their ac­cess to other peo­ple’s money, Vi­jay’s in it for the long haul: he hires his driv­ers on merit and he em­ploys good peo­ple.

Ser­gio Pérez on the podium at Bahrain: team boss Vi­jay Mallya hires his driv­ers on merit

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