The Formula One 2016 season is at the closing stages with the season finale set to take place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Ahead of the highly anticipated showdown between Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton for the championship, the race also marks the emotional farewell to the veterans of the sport, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button.
On the other hand, Force India may not have registered sensational showings in terms of podium finishes and challenging for the top honours, but they have successfully moulded the team into a force to be reckoned with over the course of the last three years.
Speaking to the media, Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer admitted that despite having limited resources and power compared to their rivals, the team have performed consistently throughout the campaign.
He said: “It is a big challenge, we also don’t have some of the infrastructure in place of the bigger teams.”
The 52-year-old focuses on the fact that the Silverstone-based outfit do not make the parts, whereas teams like Ferrari, Mercedes etc. have the facilities to build it themselves.
“We source a lot of our parts to our suppliers, we don’t make them ourselves. So that adds extra time, that’s a big challenge.”
But Szafnauer’s plans for the upcoming season in 2017 took everyone by surprise and generated a series of laughter around the hall, with the other team bosses and media contingent present seen smiling at the statement.
He added: “Our hopes are we’ve done a good job and others have screwed up.”
Williams’ principal Claire Williams inferred the claim saying: “We hope the same, that everyone else have screwed up as well.”
The current season has seen Force India make significant progress compared to 2015, when they finished fifth behind Williams in the Constructors' Championship.
In the present scenario, Force India look destined to pip their immediate rivals Williams for the fourth spot, with a 27-point lead ahead of the final race this weekend.
Sergio Perez told Autosport.com that he sees potential in the team and the hard work will ultimately pay off.
He said: “Every year, we have been moving so I see good potential, good people. The budget is quite good for next year with what we can do in terms of upgrades.
“We are not in the position of the big teams, but I see good potential.
“If we get it right next year, we can definitely be in the top-three fight.”
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