Force India – Driver Candidates – The Candidate Speaches

The contest for the Force India race drive is getting hotter. Not that drivers can now do much about the selection (or do they ?) but nevertheless they all talk a lot. Here is the summary of what the leading contenders for the Force India seat Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Christian Klien and Roldan Rodriguez had to say:

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Ralf Schumacher:

“I’m testing today because Vijay Mallya asked me to try the car. This way I can give the team some feedback and tell them what might need to be changed. I don’t see myself as a candidate though to race with the team next season. To be honest, I don’t exactly know what I will be doing next season. Maybe I will quit racing, or maybe I will just join another racing series. I just want to do what’s best for me. This week might have been the final outing for me in a Formula 1 car.”

Giancarlo Fisichella

“I can bring a lot of experience and ideas of how we can go in the right direction. I think I did a good job with the team in the couple of days testing. We were working in a few areas and we made a step forward, especially in the car balance and the set up. The team was quite impressed with the job I did so far. I am impressed about the team, which is still a small one, but they have a good potential. I still know a few mechanics from when I drove here in 1997, 2002 and 2003 (as Jordan). I feel a good atmosphere and it was good to be back with them. Force India is working on a nice project, with a better budget then last year and they can go up very quickly, so we’ll see. We’ll see if we’re both happy to work together in the future.”

and…

“My objective is to race with Force India. I wouldn’t have gone through a shoot-out otherwise, because it’s always something very tense. All the drivers at Jerez were there for that, let’s not kid ourselves. Even Ralf Schumacher arrived two days earlier, went often around the track to see the trajectories and he was in contact with the pits. He never did that at Toyota. No one came to Jerez to be a tourist of for a stroll in F1.”


Vitantonio Liuzzi

“There can still be a lot improved on the car, but the team is very professional and organised, so I think they will improve quickly, once they settle down in 2008. There are a lot of little problems, which cost lots of time on the track, but can be solved quite easily. Next year you will see a different Force India. It’s now up to Dr Mallya, but I think I’ve showed that I’m a strong and quick driver,” he added. “I think we worked nicely with the team and improved. I have competition from a couple of very experienced drivers, so it’s not going to be easy.”

Christian Klien

“Fisichella and I did some long runs, setting comparable times, and I set my fastest laptime on slicks before the end of the day. I could see how energized the whole team was by the test; they found time in the car and we worked hard to get the most out of it. On the new slicks the car felt even better, but even on the grooved tyres the times were pretty good. It was good to see Dr Mallya joining the other management in Jerez on two of the days and once again I can see how hard everyone in this team is pushing to make progress in 2008. Force India is clearly interested to work with experienced, quick drivers who know the circuits and also the technical areas to focus on, so I really concentrated on giving good feedback and working closely with the engineers to maximise performance.”

Roldan Rodriguez

“Ralf Schumacher, Klien, Fisichella and Liuzzi all tested with Force India, but they weren’t much quick than I was. I believe I did a good job for the team in Barcelona and Jerez and it is now up to the team to pick a talented or experienced driver. I believe my chances are 75% to become the team’s race driver in 2008.”

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My tip: Fisichella will get the race drive alongside Sutil, Liuzzi test driver role and promise of a race seat from 2009 :-)



2 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KlokanNo Gravatar says:

    :) What an interesting name for the team :D :D

  2. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    they could have been a bit more creative :-)

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