Force India is not giving up on the 2011 season. With two races to go, the Silverstone based team is placed sixth in the constructors’ championship, ten points ahead of Sauber and Toro Rosso, and more than 20 behind Renault.
According to Auto Motor und Sport, the Vijay Mallya-led team will continue to defend its sixth place, as dropping behind Sauber and Toro Rosso would cost Force India $9 million in official Concorde Agreement income.
“Sixth is extremely important for us,” confirmed team manager Otmar Szafnauer. “That’s why we have scheduled another four wind tunnel sessions with the current car.
“A few hundred thousand euros would be invested well if it comes back to you twenty-fold.”
Force India needs to be most worried about the ever-improving Toro Rosso team, who are poised to speed past Sauber for seventh in the points standings.
“From a performance point of view, the car will not be changed any more,” Auto Motor und Sport quotes a Sauber official as saying.
“The two remaining circuits are likely to be quite good for us, but unfortunately they will also be good for the others.”