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Force India hope for soft tyre boost at Hockenheim

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Force India are currently 5th in the Constructors' standings (©GettyImages)
Force India are currently 5th in the Constructors' standings (©GettyImages).

Force India believe Pirelli’s decision to bring its softest tyre compounds to the German Grand Prix can help deliver a strong result.

The Silverstone team endured a difficult home race in Great Britain at the last round but it didn’t stop Nico Hulkenberg from continuing his run of scoring at every race so far in 2014.

With the resurgence of Williams, however, the team find themselves fifth in the Constructors’ championship after being second to Mercedes earlier in the season.

Tyre conservation

The VJM07 has shown good promise with its biggest strength being tyre conservation and that has allowed the team to make up for poor qualifying pace.

The team was noticeably strong at Montreal and maybe could have won after the problems for the two Mercedes and heading to Hockenheim another track with some long straights and mostly slow corners Vijay Mallya believes the forecast for hot temperatures at the start of the weekend can offer a boost.

“We’re still well positioned to fight and regain the fourth slot, so anything is possible,” the Indian entrepreneur said in his team’s official pre-race press release.

“This is the same car that has been performing very well during the first half of the year and I’m confident we will be strong in the second half. It’s had regular upgrades and there is more to come.”

Home race for Hulkenberg

Fresh off seeing his national team claim a fourth World Cup trophy on Sunday, German Hulkenberg is equally confident of his chances at his home race particularly given the team has been able to still achieve good results when things haven’t always gone the right way.

“Even on tracks where we have been struggling slightly, we have managed to score points,” he said.

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“For example, in Silverstone the car balance was not ideal, but we still came away with four points. I’m feeling more positive about our performance in Germany, especially with the return of the soft and supersoft tyres.”

A man making a lot of his feelings felt about the current state of F1 is Force India’s second driver Sergio Perez.

Driver mix up

Last week the Mexican was forthright in saying he believes the sport needs a greater mix of winners as the current Mercedes domination is making the sport boring.

Having already joined the two Silver Arrows on the podium once this year, after finishing third in Bahrain, Checo said looking ahead to Germany and beyond that returning to the rostrum is his main target.

“I believe we can do it as a team, so hopefully in the next races we can score a podium.” he said in an interview with GPUpdate.net.

Though the former Sauber and McLaren driver admitted it would take another Montreal-esque race to have a chance of scoring a first win for the team, he believes if the team can keep developing then they can be in a position to take advantage should the opportunity arise.

“We need to close the gap a bit more and be in that position, get a bit lucky, then we can dream of victory,” he said.

Good Force India feeling

Finally, the 24-year-old spoke about how he was enjoying the better atmosphere at Force India after being dumped by McLaren at the end of last year.

“The team believes in me and that’s a big boost,” he said. “We have great spirit, a very hungry team.

“They let me do my job and they support me. As a driver that’s the best thing you can have.”

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