13/10/2011

Weekend Preview!

After the non-points scoring finish in Japan, Force India - or Sahara Force India as they are now called - will be looking to outscore Sauber and Renault this weekend (in Korea) for the constructors championship.

We simply need to bag more points than Sauber to stay ahead of them. As for Renault (who are ahead of us) we have a set target. They are 24points ahead of us with four races to go. This means that we need to outscore them by 6pts per race to be level at the end of the season. A tough ask but very possible!

Constructors Championship (5th-7th)
5) Lotus Renault (72pts) 
6) Force India (48pts)
7) Sauber (40pts)

Meanwhile this is how things currently look in the drivers championship:

Drivers Championship (9th-16th)
9) Vitaly Petrov (36pts)
10) Nick Heidfeld (34pts) 
11) Adrian Sutil (28pts)
12) Kamui Kobayashi (27pts) 
13) Paul di Resta (20pts)
14) Jaime Alguersuari (16pts)
15) Sergio Perez (13pts)
16) Sebastien Buemi (13pts)

Clearly both drivers can change position this weekend. It is worth noting that with Nick Heidfeld having lost his drive at Renault, Adrian Sutil should be able to leapfrog him at some stage before the end of the season into 10th place.

Over the last 24hours there have been a few disgruntled fans about the name change from Force India to Sahara Force India so i am going to give my opinion. I do prefer Force India to Sahara Force India, i think it rolls off the tongue better; however having said that, i can understand the reasons behind the name change. If, for instance, the name was Force India Sahara (as many have suggested) we would have got less money. I'm sure Vijay Mallya would have preferred to not change the name, however he knows that realistically it would be too much of an ask to consistently beat the top teams without the backing of another major company. This way we now have money available for development to ultimately challenge for podiums, wins and championships. Expect a few podiums in 2012 ;-)

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Very glad to see that the overall design/colour scheme of the car has not changed - that was crucial in my opinion as we have a unique identity on the grid. I'm not a major fan of the new team logo, but after looking at this picture and seeing it on the car it is growing on me =)

Elsewhere, the BARC Formula Renault Championship is an action this weekend at Silverstone with Indian driver Zaamin Jaffer looking to cement his 10th place in the constructors championship. We wish him the very best of luck!

Full standings of both championships mentioned here and all the other championhips we take interest in can be found here.

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