Change in tyres hurting Force India – Fernley

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Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley says the changes made to the tires at the German Grand Prix were a setback for his team.

And he believes the planned changes for the next race in Hungary are “not healthy for Force India”.

Prior to the German Grand Prix the team got one or both cars into the top ten at all bar one of the preceding races. The team had amassed a 22-point margin over McLaren in the constructors’ championship.

But neither Paul di Resta nor Adrian Sutil were in the top ten in qualifying or the race. That allowed McLaren to close to within ten points of them.

“The tires obviously have an effect but how big an effect is difficult to determine.” Fernley told Sky. “Is there a great deal of point in making the effort to try and figure it out, when we’re going to have a completely new set of tires as well for Hungary?

“It was a case of trying to get through this weekend.”

“The tire is so significantly different, and the car is designed specifically around that ’13 spec. tire, that we will have to re-engage design work on something that we’d actually thought we’d stopped, because obviously we want to move on to the ’14 car,” he added.