Sahara Force India enjoyed a flying start to the season, with both Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta looking in good form. They took the advantage of struggling McLaren to be hold a top-five ranking for first half of the season.
The 2013 season started off promisingly as they notched seventh and eighth place in the season's first grand prix (Australia), giving the team their best start to a season ever. Sutil continued to impressed everyone with his form after returning to Formula One, while Di Resta also chipped in with important points.
The Silverstone-based team were looking comfortable in fifth place with its drivers delivering consistently. But, just like last year, their form has started to slip as the season advances.
SFI have been able to win just one point in their last four races and have looked to struggle for pace. Moreover, their drivers have retired three times in last four races, giving the team sleepless nights.
While clearly the VJM06 engine is lacking speed and suffering from reliability issues, the team have also struggled with the introduction of kevlar-belted tyres instead of the steel-belted tyres which suited the team better.
This has allowed McLaren to take over fifth position, displacing Force India down to 6th.
This is just like what happened last year, when the Force India lost form as the season progressed, and they struggled massively despite some great performances by Nico Hulkenberg.
Unless Force India are able to overcome the issues, they may struggle and finish the season on a disappointing note.
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