As confirmed by team owner Vijay Mallya's in a press preview for the Bahrain Grand Prix, the team has been planning to debut the new upgrades as part of their aerodynamic cycle for this year. Under the circumstances, both Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella will be expected to at least challenge for Q2 at Sakhir.
“We are planning to introduce a significant aerodynamic upgrade for the Bahrain Grand Prix, including a new floor and an interim diffuser. Among other items, we also plan to use new auxiliary wings on the front wing and reprofiled sidepods to incorporate the amended rear end,” said Mallya.
“Although we nevertheless expect other teams to have moved forward as well, we hope this will keep us racing with the rest of the field,” added the Indian billionaire.
Fisichella also expressed hopes that the new aerodynamic revisions for the VJM02 will keep the two Force India drivers competitive within the F1 pack ahead of the series European debut, at Barcelona.
“We know where we need to improve, we are missing a lot of downforce and it shows, but now we have started to introduce new upgrades I am hopeful we can start to fix this problem,” said the Italian veteran.