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Force India Speed Secret

Posted by absnet on 2 September 2009

Working Smart and Hit Rabbits

The Speed of  Force India-Mercedes at the Spa-Francorchamps make Formula 1 fans shook their heads. How can the"the worst" team has soared to the front, with Giancarlo Fisichella grabbed pole position and nearly won the Belgian Grand Prix?

The answer is not the magic of India. This success is  result of patience, a clever working way, plus the circumstances that make it possible. Also possibly, "smells of" good luck.

At the beginning of the season, Force India is not the slowest. In this most competitive season, less than two seconds per lap separating the fastest with the slowest.
Then testing restrictions limit the ability of richer teams to run away further from the others. While providing an opportunity for the  ‘poor’ teams to find the progress and stay close to the rich. Work smart and efficient use of budget, can be directly attached to the front.

Work smart, that is what Force India do. Remember, even though this team had existed a year ago, its base is a very experienced team. This team used to be Jordan, who later became Midland, and  Spyker, before change to Force India. F1 fan would know, Jordan is not a bad team. It’s smart team that can achieve maximum results with mediocre funds.

And at the beginning of the season, Force India is not bad. Several times Adrian Sutil likely reach points, but always failed because of various reasons, including getting out of track.

Remember too, they have a Mercedes-Benz engine, the same engine as that Brawn used. Not only the engine, Force India also use McLaren girboks. Thus, from the engine side, this is an elegant car. Just wrapped with a great chassis package, and they’ll be a competitive car.

Force India new speed is also already visible in the European Grand Prix, at Valencia, Spain, a week before the Belgian GP. The team came  there with the expected package. Because of limited fund, the new Force India just able to make significant car updates  in 11’s series. However, Force India technical team are able to work "smarter," discover exactly proper package.

The new package includes the front wings, aerodynamic accessories in addition to the car, and a new floor.
Although Force India fails to score point at Valencia, but its car performance there has been able to make the team owned by Vijay Mallya’s smiling to face the next competitions.

"I am very pleased with the performance of the team. We should be proud with the progress that we do," Mallya said in Valencia.

Before the race yesterday, Fisichela had praised the work of the Force India personnel at the team headquarters. "They have doing fantastic work considering our limited budget. I think our team works best in F1, which was better than Ferrari and McLaren," he said. "At the beginning of our season over nearly two seconds slower. Now it’s only a fraction of a second difference," he continued.

In Belgium, the situation contributing. Long circuit (more than seven miles) and flows provide an opportunity for the Force India car to show their abilities. Mercedes engines also push the car very well at the Spa straight long track.

Then, Fisichella skill and experience pushed the car more quickly. This 36 years driver was classified as master in Spa, repeatedly went to podium, including his first full season with Jordan-Peugeot, in 1997.

At Spa, there are also signs of "luck" during practice rounds last Saturday (29 / 8). At that time, Fisichella had hit a rabbit. "My engineer from British said , when we face something with rabbits, then it is a sign of good luck. If that’s true, then the next competitions around the circuit I will looking for more rabbits," said Fisichella after getting pole position.

In the next race, at Monza, Italy, September 13, later, Fisichella may not need to look for rabbits. If still with Force India (not drive for Ferrari), he had a strong capital to repeat the success in Belgium.

Monza circuit character is Super-fast , demanding a car with great engine and efficient chassis  aerodynamics. All that is now owned by the Force India. Podium again at Monza? Why not! Victory at Monza? Why not! From now on, never again underestimate the Force India.


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Badoer Status Determination Waiting Massa Condition

Posted by absnet on 1 September 2009

Ferrari’s Luca Badoer will be replaced, it is almost certain. Replaced by who?, the answer will be known in a few days. After the Belgian Grand Prix last Sunday (30 / 8), Ferrari team still discuss this situation again. Latest developments: There’s a chance that Felipe Massa will be back to race in Italian Grand Prix, at Monza Circuit, on 13 September.

Currently, Ferrari waiting for results of Massa medical tests in Miami, United States, last Monday (early this morning GMT). If the outcomes are good, then Massa can comeback. If not, then discuss who deserve to replace L. Bad aka Luca Badoer, who performed very bad (bad) on the last two races.

"About what we would do in the next competitions, we will notify the next few days," said Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari principal, after the Belgian GP.

Speaking of candidates, Domenicali denied that they had agreed to pull Fernando Alonso out of Renault. Although rumored to go to Ferrari next year, the  Spaniard mentioned  would not join Ferrari in this year.
If you follow the media gossips Europe, the main candidates to substitute Badoer is still Giancarlo Fisichella. Reportedly, Force India still have a debt payment from the machines used last year. If Fisichella prompted to Ferrari, Force India could be given leniency.

However, if offered, Fisichella is not necessarily want to move away so fast. It confirmed by Enrico Zanarini, Fisichella manager.

"We are now in a fantastic team, with cars going fast at Monza. Because, if a car fast around here (Belgium, Red), then the car was also going fast at Monza," Zanarini said.

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