Formula 1
Formula 1
24 Oct
-
27 Oct
Event finished
01 Nov
-
03 Nov
Event finished
14 Nov
-
17 Nov
Event finished
28 Nov
-
01 Dec
Event finished
R
Australian GP
12 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
88 days
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
95 days
R
Vietnamese GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
109 days
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
123 days
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
137 days
07 May
-
10 May
Next event in
144 days
21 May
-
24 May
Next event in
158 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
172 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
179 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
193 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
200 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
214 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
Next event in
228 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
256 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
263 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
277 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
284 days
08 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
298 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
312 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
319 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
333 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
347 days

Force India can still aim for fourth, says Perez

shares
comments
Force India can still aim for fourth, says Perez
By:
Jul 17, 2018, 12:39 PM

Force India can still challenge for fourth in the 2018 Formula 1 standings on the back of recent upgrades, according to driver Sergio Perez.

Sergio Perez, Force India
Sergio Perez, Force India VJM11, leads Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso STR13
Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM11
Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM11
Sergio Perez, Force India VJM11
Sergio Perez, Force India VJM11
Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM11
Sergio Perez, Force India VJM11

The Indian squad started its 11th season in F1 on the backfoot, plagued by correlation and rear-end stability issues, but has since propelled itself in the thick of the midfield fight with a series of updates to the VJM11.

It currently sits sixth in the championship, trailing Haas by three points with Renault a further 21 points ahead, but back-to-back double points finishes have encouraged Perez to aim for higher in the standings. 

“The main focus for Germany is to have a clean weekend because if we maximise our performance we can be at the front of the midfield,” Perez said ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

“There is a long way to go [11 races] and lots to play for. We are finding a bit more performance with each race and I still believe we can target fourth place in the championship.”

Esteban Ocon, who is well versed with Hockenheim having raced at it in DTM, expects the circuit to play to the strengths of the VJM11.

“The track should suit us because of the long straights and slow corners, so it’s a chance to score more points,” he said.

“I enjoy the circuit. It has good overtaking opportunities, especially the hairpin at the end of a long straight and the sharp left hander a bit later.”

Team principal Vijay Mallya takes encouragement from the upturn in Force India’s performance in recent races, but expects the midfield battle to get more closer in the second half of the season.

“It’s been satisfying to get both cars in the points for the last two races. It’s what we need to do for our fight in the constructors’ championship,” Mallya said.

“Germany marks the halfway point in the season and it feels as though we have some momentum now.

“The updates we introduced in Silverstone helped and there’s more performance to be unlocked. We’ve been a bit unlucky in the first half of the season.

“Scoring points in all of the remaining races is a realistic target, but I expect the midfield fight to get even closer in the races to come.”

 
Next article
Giovinazzi to get FP1 outing with Sauber in German GP

Previous article

Giovinazzi to get FP1 outing with Sauber in German GP

Next article

Renault says it must look for Sainz alternatives

Renault says it must look for Sainz alternatives
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Sergio Perez Shop Now , Esteban Ocon
Teams Force India
Author Rachit Thukral