The updated ‘B-spec’ version of Force India’s VJM08 will be delayed until the British Grand Prix, according to Sergio Perez.
The team had originally hoped to bring its updated car to the Monaco Grand Prix, but the introduction of the ‘B-spec’ VJM08 will now have to wait until Force India’s home race at Silverstone.
“We obviously are pushing very hard back at the factory, trying to bring the package altogether,” he said.
“We would love to have the package for Barcelona, which didn’t happen.
“I think Silverstone will be the first time we have a new package.”
Despite the delay in the launch of Force India’s 2015 car, which only debuted at the final pre-season test, Perez praised the effort of the team in the opening part of the campaign.
“I think the first four races have been better than expected,” he added. “To be 10 or 12 points behind Red Bull, is a massive effort for us coming out of the first four races, so I think we need to be optimistic.
“Obviously, we’ve been lacking a lot of pace, so I think the effort that has been done in the first four races has been pretty special considering what the basic pace of the car is.
“We’re going to have another race similar to the first four. I think this one is going to be a particularly difficult one for us considering Barcelona, how hot is the track and the level of downforce is what we’re lacking the most.
“I expect to have a difficult one, but on the other hand, not any more difficult than other weekends. So yeah, optimistic, but difficult when you don’t have any upgrades. I think some of the teams are bringing some upgrades, so let’s see what we can do.”
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