Force India drivers Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil feel it will be tough for them to score points in the remaining four races of the Formula One season, including the team’s home race this weekend.
The change in tyres post the British GP has hurt Force India, who have only scored only three points since the Silverstone race in June. The Indian team, which is sixth in the team standings with 62 points, has already lost the fifth place battle with McLaren and have the fast improving Sauber breathing down their necks.
“Scoring points will be very tough. We stopped working on the 2013 car long ago while the other teams are still bringing in updates. All we can do at the moment is set up the car in a way it has the right balance. Having said that, we will do all we can to get home some points especially in India,” said Di Resta here yesterday ahead of the Indian GP.
The Scot is yet to finish in the top 10 in India while Sutil managed a couple of points by finishing ninth in the inaugural race in 2011. Current Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg came eighth for the team last year.
Sutil explained why not much should be expected from the Silverstone squad for the remainder of 2013. “We started the development of the 2014 car early and as it turns out we have sacrificed our fifth position for the potential gains next year.
We have to be good next year,” said Sutil, who like Di Resta, is yet to sign a contract for next season. The German further said: “No one could predict that the rubber composition will change post the tyre blowouts at Silverstone and affect us so badly.
We will try our best in the next four races. We will fight hard to get some more points and maintain our position.” Sauber are 17 points adrift of Force India, having amassed 38 of their 45 points in the last four races.