FORCE IN­DIA

F1 Racing - - SEASON PREVIEW 2016 -

They were im­pres­sive at dif­fer­ent points of the year, so just like a game of Snakes and Lad­ders they went up and they went down. There was a slow start, but it picked up once the de­vel­op­ment came on – the op­po­site to how it went in 2014. I re­mem­ber their tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor An­drew Green from Red Bull; he’s one of those guys who’s very good with tight bud­gets at small teams. And you have to agree, Force In­dia have con­sis­tently done a good job with the re­sources they have.

I’ve not seen the com­pany’s nan­cial records to see if they sus­tain a good busi­ness model, but if they gen­uinely want to be one of the top three F1 teams on the grid, there has to be a step change in in­vest­ment and struc­ture, be­cause you need the in­crease in man­u­fac­tur­ing and you need the brain power.

I see Ser­gio Pérez as a bit of a Heinz-Har­ald Frentzen. It per­haps wasn’t the right time for him when he went to McLaren and he didn’t seem to get much out of the car, but he may be the right guy for this team with dif­fer­ent pres­sures on him. We do know he can make tyres last, so he must have a good feel for en­ergy in­puts into the tyres.

Both he and Nico Hülken­berg are very good driv­ers and I could see ei­ther one of them do­ing a bet­ter job than Kimi is at Fer­rari.

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