Force India expect remaining tracks to suit them better

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Force India say they expected to have a difficult race weekend at Suzuka but believe the remaining tracks on the calendar will suit their VJM06 better.

“We made no secret of the fact that Suzuka was going to be the most difficult track for us in the second part of the season,” said deputy team principal Robert Fernley. “So it was no surprise that points were hard to come by today.”

“It’s been an uphill struggle for us, but we remain upbeat as we head to India for the team’s home race,” he added. “The upcoming tracks should play more to our strengths and give us the opportunity to get back to scoring regular points.”

Paul di Resta took 11th place for the team after losing time behind Valtteri Bottas early in the race. “The car felt better for the final stint and it looked like we were on course for a point,” he said.

“In the end we were about five laps too short with the tyre life because I couldn’t defend from Jenson [Button].”

Force India have already lost their grip on fifth place in the constructors’ championship to McLaren and are now under threat from Sauber.

With four races to go Sauber having closed within 17 points of Force India, and have taken 26 points off them in the last two rounds.

Al Unser Jr. to race Pikes Peak Hill Climb for first time in 29 years

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Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. is coming out of retirement to race again.

Unser Jr., who turns 56 on April 19, will compete in the 96th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24. It will be the first time Unser has raced at Pikes Peak in 29 years, since the 1989 event.

Unser won the Hill Climb and was named “King of the Mountain” in the 1983 event.

Unser said in 2007 that he was retiring from racing and had no plans to race in the future. However, he has taken part since then in some selected vintage racing events.

Speaking of vintage cars, Unser is slated to drive a 1936 Chevrolet Sedan in this year’s Hill Climb, according to race organizers.

He’ll compete with a number of luminaries including eight-time Hill Climb winner Paul Dallenbach; Layne Schranz, who will be competing in his 25th “Race to the Clouds”; 23-time champion Clint Vahsholtz; 25-time Hill Climb competitor David Schmidt II and three-time Climb winner Spencer Steele.

Unser recently returned to IndyCar racing as a consultant with Harding Racing, which is beginning its first full season in the series with Gabby Chaves behind the wheel.