The Sahara Force India Formula One Team presented their new car, the VJM09 in the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya pit-lane on Monday morning and as the Silverstone based outfit prepared their car for its first laps, Andrew Green, Technical Director of the Sahara Force India Formula One Team shared his thoughts on the new car.
You can say the b-spec car from last year formed a basis on which to build our 2016 one, We were in a situation in which the performance on track was very good, and in which the data we were getting correlated well to what we were expecting, so we knew we could continue to develop on a solid platform. With the regulations likely to change for 2017, it didn’t really seem like an efficient use of our resources to start from scratch on a project that would have such a limited lifetime.
Sahara Force India had their best season in Formula One in 2015 scoring one podium finish with Sergio Perez finishing the Russian Grand Prix in third place. The outfit ended the year in fifth place just behind Red Bull Racing and this is something that they want to build on for this year.
Sahara Force India Team Principal and Managing Director Dr Vijay Mallya confirmed this by saying:
I want us to begin 2016 in the same way that we ended 2015, Our technical team is excited about the progress we have made over the winter and there’s every reason to believe we can stay at the front of the midfield battle.
Sahara Force India Formula One Team COO Otmar Szafnauer commented by saying:
The wind tunnel programme in Cologne is maturing nicely and I’m encouraged by the gains we have made over the winter. The first major aero updates should be on the car in time for Melbourne and we also plan another big step for the start of the European season.