Force India’s deputy team Principal Robert Fernley says that the team aiming a major step forward with the advance package that it will bring in at the Mugello test on May first week in advance of the Spanish GP.
The Silverstone based F1 squad targeting top five of the constructors’ championship this season having reached its best result of sixth place last year.
“I am hoping that Mugello puts us where we would have liked to have been for the start of the season,” Fernley told Autosport. “We are a little bit behind because our focus was trying to secure sixth last season and we are about four or five races behind schedule.
“The plan is to come out of the first four races and not be too far away. Then we can bring the performance in through the season, so we are pretty much on target. We just need to get through China and Bahrain and then see where we go.”
“We haven’t given either driver the best of cars, yet. They are showing their mettle to get us through and what we need to do is respond and give them the car that can challenge from Mugello onwards.”
“Both of them did well [in Malaysia], especially when you consider that it was Nico’s first race for over year and it couldn’t have been tougher for him. Given where we are in the development programme, it was a sterling effort from everybody.”
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