The team have had a solid campaign but, unlike Williams and Sauber, they have been unable to take a large haul of points from any races. The battle between the three teams has been close for most of the season but with Williams winning in Barcelona and Sauber claiming podium finishes it is difficult for Force India to make inroads on the Constructors’ table.
Nico Hulkenberg has had a very promising return to the grid with the German edging Paul di Resta in qualifying but losing out in races. The German’s turn of speed is impressive and in the last five races he has been much more consistent. He needed to work off the rustiness of not racing last year in the early season races and now, once again, looks like a very promising racer.
Di Resta has struggled at times this year. Mine is not a popular view amongst most analysts but I feel that the Scot has not been as promising as the British press have made him out to be. I am yet to see the kind of performances that warrant him being touted as a potential Mercedes driver. He has looked promising on numerous occasions and is clearly a very steady pair of hands, his lack of race incidents attest to this, but I am yet to see the blistering speed that is needed to justify a place in one of the top teams on the grid.
I struggle to understand why di Reosa would be hired by Mercedes ahead of even his teammate. Both have been solid performers this year but why would Mercedes be more interested in a British racer than a German who seems to be of similar speed? Di Resta’s long established links to Mercedes have clearly played a major role in the rumours linking him to the team but recent reports linking him to Ferrari seem to be very far fetched even for the patriotic British press.
As a team Force India have been at the centre of attention on numerous occasions because of Vijay Mallya’s financial difficulties with his Kingfisher Airline brand. The Indian sold a large amount of his holding in the race team to Sahara last year and while he has said that he remains committed to the team. Even so the bad publicity surrounding him at time has clearly had a negative impact on the teams reputation.
For the rest of the season Force India need to continue progressing and scoring points consistently. If they can do this they will have had a very impressive season and while improving on last year’s sixth in the Constructors’ Championship seems unlikely they will have had a very solid season none the less.