Force India's technical director Andrew Green is confident that the Silverstone based outfit is on schedule to launch its 2012 challenger at the first test in Jerez. Green also reported that the team had completed all mandatory crash tests before Christmas.
"We're on schedule, that's the good news," he said. "It's been a little bit tougher this year, having to homologate the chassis prior to testing. So there was a little bit of extra planning involved to get that sorted.''
"There were a lot of fingers crossed! You're hoping everything does what all the analysis says it should have done. It's always nice when you reel off the tests one-by-one without any dramas at all. It's a real credit to everybody."
“It’s always nice when you reel off the tests one-by-one without any dramas at all. It’s a real credit to everybody. It was a different schedule, a different plan, compared to last year.''
''Everything went to schedule, so we went into the holidays very relaxed that we’d got all that signed off. Everyone could go away and have a good break over the New Year knowing that we were ready to go!”
Force India started working on their 2012 car in Summer, but couldn't focus properly on it due to close midfield battle with Toro Rosso at the end of the season.
“We started working on it back in June, and the first wind tunnel tests were around July,” said Green. “We took it out of the tunnel for one week after August just to do an upgrade for VJM04. It was such a close 2011 season, fighting where we were fighting in those last few races. We didn’t know which way it was going to go.''
“We weren’t really anticipating such a strong response from Toro Rosso near the end of the season - they seemed to have a reasonable upgrade around Suzuka time. It’s quite unusual for a team to come up with such a huge change so late in the season.''
''So the concentration was right until the last race in Brazil. You could say that, from that point on, it’s been 100 percent focus on the new car for us.
The pre-season testing begins Feb 7 at Jerez.