Solving tire problems vital for Force India – Mallya

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Force India owner Vijay Mallya says his team are concentrating on getting to the bottom of their recent difficulties with F1’s revised tires.

Neither Force India driver has made it into Q3 in the last two races since Pirelli began introducing tires with Kevlar belts instead of steel ones.

“In hot temperatures we are not on top of the tires, and they have started playing a very, very major role in performance,” said Mallya in an interview with ESPN. “We will use this break to really try to understand what is going on.”

Mallya admitted the alterations made to the tires after a spate of failures at Silverstone had hurt Force India’s competitiveness:

“The change in tires after Silverstone has certainly made a difference, but we need to come up the curve and get to know the tyres better, but otherwise it is a good car, the drivers are happy and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be continuing with our form.”

Force India are fifth in the constructors’ championship at the moment, ahead of McLaren. But they failed to score in the last two races – something which had only happened once before the Silverstone changes – allowing McLaren to close to within two points of them.