[F1 2018 VIDEO FEATURE] FORCE INDIA: STILL PERFORMING

Force India impressed at its home race at Silverstone on Sunday, with its second double points finish for the year – Esteban Ocon finishing seventh, Sergio Pérez 10th, for seven points... 

…enough to jump McLaren in the constructors’ standings, for sixth place, just one point ahead as it hits the road for Hockenheim.

Force India’s result comes in spite of the team’s reported financial issues, with a small aerodynamic upgrade finally hitting the cars at Silverstone, its 201st race – after delays in France and Austria.

The British Grand Prix has long been a strong event for Force India, which is located just over the road from the track’s main gate; with 2018’s edition, its fifth double points finish from the last six visits.

…2016 its best result there, Pérez and former teammate Nico Hülkenberg finishing sixth and seventh respectively in the VJM09 for 14 points.

Regardless, questions about the team’s future continue in the background – with team principal Vijay Mallya still fighting an extradition request to face charges in India of fraud and money laundering.

…and development part delays a sign of the squad’s financial health, with interested buyers like Rich Energy going on record exclusively with The Inside Line about the strength of their negotiations.

AUDIO QUOTE (English) WILLIAM STOREY,
CEO, RICH ENERGY:
“Obviously we’ve done our homework and we feel we’re in a very strong position. Not only do we have a very compelling business case to do this, but we’re quietly confident that we’ve got the necessary firepower to get it over the line.”

Force India is yet to confirm it’s in negotiations with Rich Energy, or alleged rival bidder Andretti Autosport – but it seems fresh investment is needed to shore up the squad’s operation.

…so that whatever happens, the team’s next 200 races are as successful on-and-off-track as its last.