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 “How much do you focus on a car that goes out of date in the middle of November?”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.
Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.
Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?
Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!
Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden
Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.
Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)
Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.
Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.
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