Force India duo optimistic of strong Monza showing

Force India duo optimistic of strong Monza showing

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are optimistic that Force India will be more competitive at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

The two drivers finished the last race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in the points, but they believe the VJM07 should be better suited to the Monza circuit.

Hulkenberg is looking forward to returning to the classic track. “It’s a fantastic weekend and I really enjoy everything about the event: the town, the people and the track,” he said.

“The atmosphere is just brilliant with the energy of the fans and the history of the place. It’s also a fun track to drive. It looks simple, but hooking up a quick lap is still a challenge and it’s easy to make mistakes.”

He added: “I expect us to be quite competitive there. It should be better for us than Spa. It’s all about power and top speed and we know the engine will be strong.

“We also have a new low downforce rear wing that we will use for Monza only. Braking from top speed for the chicanes with a skinny rear wing is always tricky.”

It is a special circuit for Perez and holds fond memories for the Mexican. “It’s another favourite of mine,” he said. “I think everybody enjoys going there because it’s such a beautiful location.

“I raced there a few times before Formula 1 and always had good results. I was on the podium two years ago [finishing second] – it was one of my best races in Formula 1 and a very special memory.”

Could a return to the podium be a possibility this weekend? “We will certainly try,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a good track for us.

“It’s important to qualify in the top ten to have a chance of scoring good points. It’s difficult to overtake at Monza and if you are out of position it’s hard to recover.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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