Feel the Force

I’ve written a lot recently about the new teams, or about the goings on in the top four. But what of a team which is, to my mind, performing well yet being overlooked?

Last year, up until Spa, Force India had not scored a point. The team was formally Jordan, until it was sold to Midland, who sold it to Spyker, who then sold it to VJ Mallya to become its current guise. It took a remarkable drive by Fisichella to win their first points, after a poor season with the superior Mercedes engine. Even so, they only finished ahead of the Torro Rosso team, and were considered to be making up the numbers.

This year however, they have plugged on, becoming regular points scorers. While the point placings have been increased down to 10th, Sutil has finished in the top 8 on five occasions. The team is ahead of Williams, Sauber, Torro Rosso and the new constructors in the table, while the German driver is 10th in the drivers standings, ahead of the Renault of Petrov.

I don’t think enough is given to the team, who are now a strong midfield team with high ambitions. Whether they’ll challenge the top five in the constructor’s championship for the rest of the season remains to be seen. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they scored a podium or two before the chequered flag at Abu Dhabi

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