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Force India Confident Of Maintaining Pace At Monza

Force India F1 Team’s chiefs are pretty confident that they will be able to maintain the blisteringly fast pace shown in Belgium last weekend in the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The team shocked the field with the VJM02, along with its new aerodynamic upgrades proving a formindable beast and socring the teams first ever pole position at the hands of Giancarlo Fisichella.

The Italian could well have won the race too, if it were not for a safety car and Ferrari’s blindingly fast Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) working to massive advantage.

“Why not?” team owner Vijay Mallya said when asked if the team would be as strong again in Monza. “We know that the car is quick, blindingly quick I would say. The sector times show it and I think the Monza track will suit us.”

Meanwhile, the teams top tech chief Simon Roberts told Autosport Magazine in an exclusive interview;

“Our car is quick in a straight line. I’d like to say that’s what we intended, but it isn’t.

“What we have tried to do is to put genuine upgrades on the car to create more downforce. The Valencia upgrade was very low on drag and was a good time to deliver that before Spa and Monza.

“We’ve got an aero test next week, so we’ll hit the ground with more data at Monza. That makes it easier for the engineers and we should be able to set into it quicker.”

“Obviously Monza is low drag. We’ve got some more wings to try there. We’ve got an aero test next week so unlike on Friday here, on Friday in Monza we know what the wings do so we should hit the ground strong.”

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