Sahara Force India optimistic ahead of Australian GP

Melbourne: Sahara Force India, who picked up momentum in the last part of the 2011 Formula One season, is expecting to carry forward the momentum and believe that their car VJM05 can help them in achieving their endeavors.

“From our side there is no doubt that Andrew Green and his technical team has done an outstanding job to deliver a well-balanced car. I would even go as far as saying the VJM05 is the best engineered car we have produced and the detail of the design is beautiful. It’s a car we believe can help us take another step forward,” said Vijay Mallya, the team principal.

The 2012 season which flags off with the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday would see the Sahara Force India team with two young drivers and the team believes that they would help in producing good results.

“I’m extremely excited by our line-up this year. Nico and Paul are both young and hungry, and will ensure we squeeze every last thousandth from the car. There will be some healthy in-house rivalry, too, which will be fascinating to watch, and I believe that we will get better results in the long run by having two drivers pushing each other on,” added Mallya.

Meanwhile Force India’s driver Paul Di Resta who made his debut here last year is excited to kick off the season here and is excited to be here. “It’s a great place to start the season and the fans always get behind the race, so it will be interesting to see how it feels second time around. After a good winter break I’m just looking forward to getting back to the racing,” said Resta.

He said that all the teams have a good chance at the glory and it would be a close fight among all the teams competing out there.

“All the teams around us look strong and have been consistent in testing, so we just have to wait and see. Also, I think almost every team will have some new parts on their cars so it really is too early to make any judgments. To begin with our goal is simply to try and pick up points at every race,” added Resta.

Newcomer Nico Hulkenburg who replaced Adrian Sutil in the racing seat for the team said that he was excited to make his debut with Force India and is looking forward to the season opener.

“There’s a lot of excitement – that’s the word I keep using to describe how I’m feeling. And I think it will continue until the Sunday morning in Melbourne when I wake up knowing I will be racing again in a few hours. That’s when you feel the buzz and get the feeling of anticipation in your stomach,” he said. “The testing has gone pretty well and it’s been crucial for helping me get prepared. But I know testing is very different to racing because you don’t have the same pressures of a race weekend. I think the true test will be qualifying when you have to deliver right away and you only get one chance.”

By Indian Sports News Network