Force India passed mandatory crash tests; they are freshly pointed that 2012 Force India Challenger will be ready for first pre-season test at Jerez from February 7. Sahara Force India technical director Andrew Green said his squad was on target to be ready from the outset.
“We’re on schedule, that’s the good news,” he said. “It’s been a little bit tougher this year, having to homologate the chassis prior to testing. So there was a little bit of extra planning involved to get that sorted. The chassis has been homologated since December. There were a lot of fingers crossed! You’re hoping everything does what all the analysis says it should have done. It’s always nice when you reel off the tests one-by-one without any dramas at all. It’s a real credit to everybody.”
“It was such a close 2011 season, fighting where we were fighting in those last few races,” he said. “We didn’t know which way it was going to go. We weren’t really anticipating such a strong response from Toro Rosso near the end of the season – they seemed to have a reasonable upgrade around Suzuka time. It’s quite unusual for a team to come up with such a huge change so late in the season. So the concentration was right until the last race in Brazil. You could say that, from that point on, it’s been 100 per cent focus on the new car for us.”