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Force India switch focus to 2018 after meeting targets

  • Published on 04 Nov 2017 14:54
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

After securing fourth place in the constructor's standings at the Mexican Grand Prix last weekend, Force India will now fully focus on its 2018 challenger. The team has consistently possessed the fourth best car this season, and now sit 99 points ahead of fifth-placed Williams.

It is the second consecutive year that Force India has finished fourth in the championship, after an intense season-long battle with Williams in 2016. Now that the final finishing place has been confirmed, the team's Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer outlined plans for the final two races.

"It's a great achievement for the team," he said. "Now [what we've] got to do is utilise the fact that we've done it to our advantage. We’re going to go back and plan for the next two races a bit differently. We've got to think differently in the next two races and do experiments. Do things differently that will help for next year.

"There are some components that we want to try and are a bit more risky so we can go ahead and try them. If we lose some time on a Friday, big deal. We will hopefully gain for next year at the expense of this year because the expense of this year is meaningless. But the gain for next year will be meaningful."

 

Fergal Walsh

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