F1 2009- Force India will compete with new diffuser at Bahrain

24/04/2009 - 18:24 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

The race at Shanghai last weekend could have had delightful consequences, but wasn't to be. All Force India has to do now is hope for the best with a set of new changes including an interim diffuser at this weekend's Bahrain GP.

Both the VJM02 cars will host a new floor and an interim diffuser. The Force India cars will also carry new auxiliary wings on the front wing and reprofiled sidepods to fit the modified rear end.

Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal-

"I think the team's performance in China was very encouraging. We functioned well as a unit, made the correct calls from the pit wall and showed again that when the conditions allow we can be competitive. Both Adrian and Giancarlo drove phenomenal races and really did the team proud. We know we still have work to do and putting in these performances in every race is still a distant goal, but I feel confident there are good foundations now. It's a boost for everyone not to lose hope as we can still surprise."

"As usual, we know points are going to be very difficult to achieve and we should not set this as a goal for Bahrain. Yes, Adrian had a very strong race in China and very nearly achieved our ultimate goal far earlier than anyone could have expected, but we should not look on the Chinese Grand Prix as indicative of our general form. Instead, we need to focus once more on reliability and consistency and look to be there if circumstances allow."

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