Force India’s chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer says the team hit new heights with the rate of development on its car during 2017.
“I can’t remember a year where we brought so many new parts to the track,” he told the team’s website. “At almost every race there was something different on the car.”
The team ended the year fourth in the championship with the VJM10, repeating the best-ever result they had also achieved in 2016.
“In the second half of 2017 we took some significant development steps and emerged as the fourth quickest team at most of the races after the summer break,” said Szafnauer. “Even when we had secured fourth, we were able to bring 2018 development parts to the car to help our learning for next year.”
However Szafnauer said the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the team’s drivers collided while in the running for podium finishes, had been hard to take.
“Our car was very strong that weekend and the missed opportunity of a double podium was difficult to swallow,” he said. “However, I’m proud of the way we bounced back from those difficult moments and showed a unified team spirit. That’s been a real highlight of the season.”
Force India took a best-ever points haul of 187, 14 more than they scored last year when there was one more race on the calendar. Sergio Perez was the team’s best-placed driver in the championship, finishing seventh for the second year in a row.
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year