Force India aims for top five spot in 2013.Sahara Force India are confident of maintaining the impressive form they showed in the second half of 2012 when the new Formula One season kicks off in March.
Force India ended seventh in the 2012 constructors’ championship but were the fifth best team in the second half of the season. Outgoing driver Nico Hulkenberg capped off the fine run by coming fifth in Brazil.
“We must be very encouraged by the second half of the season,” Force India deputy team principal Robert Fernley was quoted as saying by Autosport.
“Can they learn something? We have had seasons where we have been slow out of the box. It is caught us out. Hopefully in 2013 that won’t be the case,” he said.
The Silverstone-based outfit, the first to announce their 2013 automobile launch date, registered fourth place finishes this year, both after the summer break.
“If you look at the stats, since the summer break, Force India’s the fifth best performing team & Vijay (Mallya) will expect us to start there, it is as simple as that,” Fernley said.
“From our point of view we have been strong at the finish of this season & they would like to carryover that through to next year,” he added.
“Mercedes obviously have lots of work to do. They have Lewis (Hamilton) going there, so that is going to be a renewed enthusiasm for what they are doing.
Force India are yet to announce their drivers’ line-up though Paul di Resta is expected to retain his chair.