Force India running behind schedule in testing new carFebruary 1st, 2009 - 6:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb.1 (ANI): The lone Indian team in the international formula-1 racing circuit, Force India, is headed for a late show before this seasons first race as its new car is not expected to hit the testing ground till March.
Force India which used the Ferrari engine last year, but failed to register even a point in the race tally, has tied-up with Mercedes and McLaren for technical support for this season.
The technical team is working day and night to assemble the new engine, gearbox and KERS energy recovery system it has received from Mercedes and McLaren, but is way behind schedule, The Sun reports.
It’’s obviously very tight because of what we”ve had to do. But the plan is to hit the last two official team tests before the season, Force Indias technical director James Key said.
Italian Giancarlo Fisichella and Germany’’s Adrian Sutil, the two drivers who took to the racing circuit with Force India cars, would be seen again behind the steering wheel for the team.
The pressure on the technical team to get through the new packaging from Mercedes and McLaren is huge because once the season starts testing of cars is banned.
But the technical team believes that everything will fall into place, and Force India would definitely see its name on the points tally this time.
“We”ve had late calls in the past and this is quite a late one. But it is for all the right reasons in terms of long-term stability for team, Key said. (ANI)
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