Force India to bring more updates in Mexico as it aims to seal fourth position
Force India is looking to secure fourth position in this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix, with more updates incoming on the VJM10.
The Indian outfit has been aggressive with its upgrades in the second half of the 2017 Formula 1 season since Singapore, followed by Malaysia and Japan.
"Our season continues to go from strength to strength with another double points finish in the United States last week," said team principal Vijay Mallya. We’ve had the fourth quickest car for the last three events and picked up significant points with both cars.
"We have more updates coming for the VJM10 [in Mexico], as we continue to push hard with development late into the season, which should give us an extra performance step this weekend.
"[With US Grand Prix results] we’ve edged even closer to securing fourth place in the championship with an opportunity to mathematically secure this result in Mexico this week."
Williams is 91 points aloof of Force India currently - if the Indian squad scores the maximum of 43, with the Grove-based outfit scoring the next best of 27 - fourth place is secured for Force India.
At the other end, if none of the teams score, then as well Force India will keep fourth in Abu Dhabi - while if Williams scores the minimum of three, with Force India returning empty handed, it still will keep fourth position.
The team will have its development driver Alfonso Celis Jr. in the car in FP1 in place of Esteban Ocon, alongside fellow countryman Sergio Perez - with the Frenchman returning to the cockpit in FP2.
Perez is hoping for a good outing in his home grand prix to maintain seventh position in the drivers' standings, as teammate Ocon is only seven points behind the Mexican - with the intra-team battle continues to be the talking point of the season.
In the last two Mexican GPs since its return to the F1 calendar, Perez has been beaten by his teammate Nico Hulkenberg on both occasions. The Mexican will certainly be hoping to finish ahead of Ocon this weekend, after being beaten by the Mercedes junior in Japan and USA.
Meanwhile, in an interesting statistics for 2017, Force India so far has managed to outscore giants Williams, Renault and McLaren combined in the constructors' championship - with the Indian outfit on 159 to the three team's 139 points.