Force India's chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer believes the team is in for a strong qualifying session at this week’s Italian Grand Prix with the track working to the strengths of the VJM07 as well as the Mercedes engine that powers the car.
The Silverstone based squad has always performed well at Spa and Monza - two of the lowest downforce circuits on the calendar. And with 'promising' one lap pace, the team feels strong heading into tomorrow’s qualifying session.
"Today was a promising start for our weekend and we managed to do everything we had planned,’’ Perez said after the second practice session. “We have good pace already, especially during the long runs, where we look competitive.
“Now it's just a matter of getting everything right and having a good qualifying position tomorrow to make the most of our strengths."
Nico Hulkenberg, however, lamented balance issues for a poor afternoon at the Temple of Speed.
"This morning was quite normal for a Friday, but the afternoon was a bit more difficult and it was not easy to find a nice rhythm, I just didn't find the balance and harmony I was looking for and that showed in the lap times,’’ Hulkenberg said.
“So we need to dig deep into the data and see what we can improve for tomorrow. Apart from that it was a successful day with the tyre work and collecting the long-run data,’’ he added.
Team’s COO Otmar Otmar Szafnauer believes a few tweeks to the car overnight will position the team in a strong position in qualifying and consequently in the race.
“The remainder of the day was fairly straightforward for Nico and Checo, and we head into the weekend having done most of our homework in terms of data collection. The pace looks promising and with some more tweaks tonight we should be in good shape going into qualifying."
Force India has deliberately optimised their car for race conditions than for a single lap which means they end up gaining multiple places from their starting position.