Sergio Perez is expecting Force India to be “much stronger” at this weekend’s German Grand Prix, as he thinks the Hockenheimring will suit the VJM07.
The Mexican is hoping to return to the points after a disappointing British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Contact on the first lap and a lack of pace limited his recovery drive to 11th.
He took part in the post-race test and was pleased with the running completed. “It was good to have the chance to understand some of the issues that affected us during the race weekend,” Perez said.
“We also tested new aero parts on the car and the team will look at the data to decide whether we use them in Germany. I believe Hockenheim will be a very different situation; it’s a track that should suit our car better and we should be in a much stronger position.”
He added: “It looks like a track where we can perform well. With the softer tyres and warm temperatures it’s going to be an interesting race.”
Team principal Vijay Mallya agrees. “Hockenheim is a medium-speed circuit and we have done well on these sorts of tracks this year,” he said. “It’s also Nico’s home race so I am sure he will have some extra motivation to do well.
“We have scored points in every race, but we need to score with both cars if we want to maintain our position in the championship. It’s expected to be one of the hotter races of the year and that usually works in our favour.”
The team is currently fifth in the constructors’ championship with 91 points, 12 behind Williams and just one ahead of McLaren. “There’s still a long way to go in the season,” he added. “We’re still well positioned to fight and regain the fourth slot, so anything is possible.
“This is the same car that has been performing very well during the first half of the year and I’m confident we will be strong in the second half. It’s had regular upgrades and there is more to come.”
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