Force India's B-spec car is on track to make its Formula 1 test debut following the Austrian Grand Prix, having passed its crash test at the second attempt.
The car suffered a marginal failure at the first test shortly after the Spanish GP in mid-May, but with corrections made by the team it was given the green light following the race in Monaco.
Despite a two-week delay, the revised Force India is set to hit the Red Bull Ring for the two-day in-season test on June 23-24 that immediately follows the track's grand prix.
Speaking to AUTOSPORT, deputy team principal Bob Fernley said: "We failed the first test, but it was pretty marginal.
"In the end it was tiny, and although it put us back a week or two, it was pretty clear we would get through the second one.
"There are a lot of elements to it, but it has passed all the tests necessary to go forward.
"We'll now make it for the test in Austria, and then we will introduce it as a race package for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone."
Fernley paid tribute to Force India's design team for the work they have put in, adding: "Considering the enormity of the changes, it's quite a credit to them to be able to get it through at the second attempt.
"I always had great faith in them, and our engineers as a whole, so congratulations to them on doing a great job on that."
I agree. Perez is quick, knows the teams and is well sponsored.KeiKo403 wrote:This seems to smack of guarenteed F1 drive so he's taking it. Not sure how much money Hülk brings to the team compared to Perez but I guess they'd need to take Perez on aswell for all the money he brings with him.
FI may want to snap up Perez soon though because 1, he is a good driver. and 2, because with american Haas joining and Guitierez (*spelling*) , a south american linked with a race seat there may be a chance for big mexican sponsers to go from FI to Haas.