Force India’s delayed 2018-specification front wing is unlikely to appear until next month’s French Grand Prix.
The team ran one example of the wing in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. However it decided against racing it until it had corrected a fundamental problem relating to its car’s aerodynamic correlation.
“It was a good step forward, we could be confident then that with the updates we’re bringing at Paul Ricard, we should take another reasonable step.”
The team has two examples of the wing at present but Green says it wants a stock of four or five before committing to using them in a race.
“It’s ready to race [but] we don’t have enough of them,” he said. “We may have this discussion again [on Friday], we don’t want to risk the wings we have until we get some more come through which, at the latest, should be Ricard. Possibly Canada.”
Each wing takes hundreds of hours’ work to produce. Green said the cost of producing new parts had delayed their progress with the VJM11.
“I think part of the issue was not having the car we actually wanted at the beginning of the year,” he said.
“Sergio Perez talks about compromises as far as set-up is concerned, we have compromises as far as manufacturing is concerned as well. There were parts we really wanted on the car which we couldn’t have, so we had to wait.”
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