Force India quiet on second driver
Force India have yet to name its second driver for 2013 despite taking the covers off the VJM06.
Paul di Resta and deputy team principal Robert Fernley were on hand at Silverstone on Friday morning to unveil their 2013 challenge but the identity of the second driver remains a mystery.
Nico Hulkenberg raced alongside Di Resta in 2012 but he has signed for the Sauber team for the upcoming season, leaving Force India searching for a replacement.
Test driver Jules Bianchi and ex-Force India driver Adrian Sutil have both been linked with the vacant seat but Fernley was remaining tight-lipped on who would join Di Resta in 2013.
“The shareholders are thinking about where the drivers are going to be, but our main objective today is obviously to launch the car and make one or two important announcements. We don’t want to confuse the two stories,” he stressed.
The VJM06 features a vanity panel to conceal its stepped nose but otherwise there appears to be very little change from last year’s car.
“We’ve pushed the guys quite hard in areas outside their comfort zone. Most of It is under the skin and you can’t see it from here [the outside], but rear suspension, front suspension and aerodynamics have all been pushed hard and they’ve done a really good job in the wind tunnel,” Force India technical director Andrew Green explained.
“The car is a step up and improvement from last year and we’ve worked on consistency to make the car a lot easier to drive.”