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GP Week : Issue 218
F1 >>> nEWs F1 >>> nEWs C M Y CM MY CY CMY K GP Week April FA Path HR.pdf 1 25/2/15 15:52 Force India has confirmed the debut of its B-spec VJM08 has been delayed until the middle of June. The new car is now expected to break cover in Austria, the eighth round of the 2015 season, rather than in Monaco nex t month as was originally planned. It's a decision the team has taken following delays in development which came about because of problems getting into Toyota's wind tunnel in Cologne. During the winter Force India opted to change wind tunnels when time in Toyota's more advanced facility became available cour tesy of the demise of Caterham. The team claims the B-Spec car will be a significant step forward, one which can't come soon enough for a downbeat Sergio Perez. "If we don't make the step we're hoping for then it's going to be a ver y painful year," the Mexican said in China. "Obviously it is frustrating not to have a competitive car that can bring you into the points with pure pace." " It's hard to keep motivated going into a race knowing it will be a really hard race," added teammate Nico Hulkenberg. "As drivers we have to give 100 per cent with whatever we have and try to get some points before we get the new package, which hopefully will bring us back to the points. " We're quite far from the team ahead of us so in that respect, we need a big step." According to deputy team principal Bob Fernley the car could have been rushed for Monaco but, with little to be gained around the streets of the Principality the Silverstone based squad instead chose to take a more measured aprooach and instead work towards an Austrian Grand Prix debut. The delay comes as a blow to the team which has shown little in the way of pace so far this season. The current car was only debuted on the penultimate day of winter testing and while it's been reliable, a fact which helped it score points in Australia, it's not been especially fast. dELAyS FoRcE LATE dEbUT 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: