Force India’s Paul di Resta admitted continuing a dual development program between 2013 updates and the new 2014 chassis is unfeasible.
Come mid-season, the focus will have to shift entirely to the new 2014 car and the new set of technical regulations, rather than being able to continue updates for the current car.
“What’s more important is that you have a good rate of development until June or July. Then they will switch off,” di Resta told Autosport. “How much do you focus on a car that goes out of date in the middle of November?”
As one of the midfield runners, Force India is in a position where it doesn’t need to push the rate of development quite as much for the current season at a certain point, because it won’t be in contention for either championship.
That leads the Scot to believe, particularly more this year than in past years, that the top teams could be compromised because of the joint development efforts.
“The pressure is not about coming out at the top next year as it is for the likes of Ferrari and McLaren,” he added.
Force India has confirmed it will retain Mercedes engines for 2014 and beyond.