Saturday, 30 July 2011

Indian Grand Prix to mark a historic first on home turf this October

Last week saw Force India pull a big winner at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring. A bundle up at Silverstone caused Force India to lose precious points, and miss out on having both cars place in the top ten. P6 for Adrian Sutil is something the team will happily settle for while looking for more. It adds to their team power while the team inches its way towards October’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix at Delhi, a home race for Force India for the first time.

P6 at Nurburgring for Adrian Sutil puts Force India in a good place. A top quality race, the German Grand Prix saw most races finish with Jenson Button being the only top contender to have retired. What could have been is difficult to predict, but if Paul di Resta wasn’t involved in a first-lap accident with Nick Heidfeld at Nurburgring, both Force India cars may have finished with points.
Though Paul Di Resta hasn’t yet put points on the board, team Force India has shown glimpses of hope with Paul starting at P6 at Silverstone this year, Adrian Sutil having started a race from P2, and Giancarlo Fisichella at pole position at Spa in 2009. While rule changes have serous cost implications in F1, the big teams don’t seem as inundated with such changes because money isn’t a limitation. The considerations for a team like Force India however change in a big way when FIA alters rules but despite these limitations the team is soon establishing themselves for a car that is quick enough.

Whether or not Force India takes home some points in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix this year is what everyone is talking about. Vijay Mallya looks at things realistically and understands that the team isn’t yet a podium contender but hopes for points from every race.  With another three months before F1 touches down on Indian turf, it’s going to be all about utilizing this development time as best as possible. As of now, we’re certainly in amidst the action that will culminate into an historic first Indian Grand Prix in a few weekends time. For those who wish to rock the event, you can be part of the F1 Rocks event and watch Metallica rock the race weekend. For Indian F1 enthusiasts, it’s time to become part of a countdown that’ll be a first for many and understand the implications of an international sporting event on home ground.


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