Rach F1's Matthew Gannon predicts if Force India can carry forward its late-2015 momentum to score its best ever result in Formula 1.
Constructors Championship - 4th.
A bold claim, but Force India have produced podium-scoring cars during the last two season.The B-Spec car was astounding last year and helped Force India take fifth in the constructors championship. Two solid drivers will help get the car to the finish and do so quickly, With a powerful Mercedes in the boot, they will be right up there on power-tracks. All in all, expect Force India to challenge the top guns and as a result take a new team record of fourth.
Nico Hulkenberg - 10th.
The German has been touted as a star of the future ever since he made his F1 debut in 2010. However, bar his pole position in Brazil 2010, his near race win for Force India in Brazil 2012 and a stunning fourth place in Korea 2013 for Sauber, it's been years of unsatisfactory results for Hulkenberg who has failed to be seen at a top team since. So far, Hulkenberg is yet to secure a podium despite teammate Perez doing so in two consecutive seasons. This year could be the year Nico breaks his duck and could heavily contribute towards a potential new record for Force India.
Sergio Perez - 7th.
The Mexican has now shown his raw pace for both Sauber and Force India. This season could well be his best yet as the car should give him the levels of downforce to attack both the track and competitors. Perez is no stranger to F1, now entering his 6th season at the top, and is also no stranger to the podium. Many believe that Perez could get a second chance at the top this year. Yet looking at the year Force India could well have, he may already be near enough the top that he doesn't need to move. Only time will tell.
Pre season notes - The tests showed Hulkenberg was fourth fastest on aggregate and Perez was only one place behind reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton. While Force India haven't had as much running as other teams, only 779 laps, what we have seen shows a huge amount of promise and come Australia we can see if they truly of the distance.
by Matthew Gannon