Sahara Force India looks
toward the Chinese Grand Prix.
The layout of the Chinese GP track click to enlarge
The Sahara Force India Chief Race Engineer, Tom McCullough, analyzed the challenges of the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix. “Shanghai is a proper, traditional race track – quite different from Melbourne. Set-up is a compromise because you need to find the sweet spot that allows you to maximize your performance in all sectors. High top speed is crucial on the long one kilometer back straight while the fast sequence of turns seven and eight tests the aerodynamic performance of the car.”
McCullough continued “there are several slow corners and big braking zones that offer overtaking opportunities. As a track, Shanghai is generally a tough test for the tires, but wear and degradation are a lot lower this year so there will be a lot to learn during the practice sessions. The long straights require a slippery car with low drag, while the long corners are testing for tires, but low tire wear should compensate for it.” For Chinese Grand Prix Pirelli bring the medium (white sidewall), soft (yellow sidewall) and supersoft (red sidewall) compound ‘P Zero’ tires
Team Principal and Managing Director Dr. Vijay Mallya shared that he was “proud of our performance in Australia. We achieved our objective of getting both cars home in the points and we’ve got our season underway. Psychologically it’s an important boost to get points on the board at the first race.”
“Our new (pink) livery certainly caught everybody’s attention in Melbourne. Sergio (Perez) and Esteban (Ocon) were in the thick of the action and both drivers took their opportunities to overtake. Sergio’s experience showed as he delivered another fantastic drive, while our new recruit, Esteban, earned his first point in Formula One. To leave Melbourne with both cars in the top ten was a tremendous team effort," said Dr. Mallya.
“Our expectations for Shanghai are similar to Melbourne. The development curve is going to be steep for all the teams so it will be interesting to see the pecking order at the end of the weekend. The midfield pack is exceptionally close at the moment and we need to work hard to stay at the front of that fight.”
Here is the NBC Sports Network broadcast schedule for the Chinese Grand Prix
•Practice 2: Friday, April 7, 2 a.m.-3:30 a.m. ET
•Qualifying: Saturday, April 8, 3 a.m.-4:30 a.m. ET
•Race: Sunday, April 9, 1 a.m.-4:30 a.m. ET
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