SUCCESS ON A SHOESTRING
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 financial 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.