Force India hints different Friday drivers to be aggressive in Brazil/Abu Dhabi
With fourth position secured for Force India in the constructors' championship for the second time in a row, the Indian outfit's aim is now to work out different scenarios in order to prepare for the 2018 season.
Force India has been aggressive in bringing several upgrades on the VJM10 since Singapore and it wants to continue that way in this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix and the season-finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Team boss Vijay Mallya has hinted on 'different Friday drivers' in order to get more information, while an 'aggressive approach' has been touted for the upcoming races - which means both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon will be free to race each other.
"To have confirmed fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship for the second consecutive year is a wonderful achievement," said the Indian. "I’m incredibly proud of the entire team and delighted we have done so with two races in hand.
"It’s already been our strongest season yet in terms of points scored and we are just 25 shy of the 200 points mark. It shows how consistent we have been all year.
"With fourth place secure, we have the freedom to take a new approach into the remaining races - perhaps by trying some different things or different Friday drivers in the car to see what we can learn for next year. We can also be more aggressive with strategies and take more risks."
The team's development driver Alfonso Celis Jr has had three FP1 outings in the VJM10 this year, with the Mexican also involved in the post-Mexico Grand Prix Pirelli tyre test. It has also put F3 racer Nikita Mazepin and DTM's Lucas Auer in the car for the in-season test in Hungary.
It is unsure if any of them will get a drive in either Brazil or Abu Dhabi's FP1 session. Meanwhile, its academy driver Jehan Daruvala is believed to be not in the frame as well, with the Indian preparing for his Macau debut and also the F3 and GP3 tests.
While Force India is aiming to break the 200 points barrier after already improving on its best points haul of 175 and counting - beating last year's 173 points in the whole season, the drivers are involved in a battle in the drivers' championship.
Perez, currently, sits in seventh position with 92 points, while Ocon has caught up with his experienced Mexican counterpart as the Frenchman is on 83 points. With the duo allowed to race freely - but cautiously - the positions seemingly will be decided at the Yas Marina Circuit.