Force India's 2011 season got off to a good start with both Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil scoring points in the opening races. Circuit Engineering Director, Dominic Harlow, speaks about the season so far.
Dominic, how do you view the first three races of the season?
We saw the first races as something of a preface to the season in that they're always quite unusual, and they usually feature a few more random factors than when we get to Europe. We relied a little bit on that to get us some results before hopefully improving our car performance, because the gap was a bit too big to begin with. But overall we were quite positive about the races. We got the cars home each time, and we seemed to be in sixth position, team-wise, each time. That's pretty much where we belonged in the races, and we were quite satisfied with the job we did.
As you said you got the cars home each time. Was it satisfying to have that reliability?
Reliability seems to get better and better for everyone, doesn't it? It's what we want, but we shouldn't be under any illusions. It's always a close-run thing, as any incident could take you out of the race. Adrian had contact with Barrichello in Malaysia and Perez in China, and he might not have finished. We're not complacent by any means. Obviously, the aim is to get to the end and run reliably, and we managed that. However we had a few problems in some of the free practice sessions, which we understood and fixed.
Can you give us an update on the development of the VJM04?
We've got a couple of threads going on at both ends of the car. We've got some parts to evaluate in Turkey, and there are some more in the pipeline, and it's obviously all very aero focussed.
So will Friday in Turkey be busy in terms of understanding the new parts?