Perez: Points possible for Force India in Monaco


Force India driver Sergio Perez has not given up hope of scoring points in this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, believing that anything is possible around the streets of the principality.

After falling behind in the development race and failing to bring any major updates to the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago, Force India struggled to its worst result of the season so far as Perez finished in 13th place ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg in 15th.

The team has pushed back its major upgrade package until the British Grand Prix at the beginning of July, but Perez still believes that points are possible in Monaco this weekend.

“Monaco always offers the opportunity to make it into the points,” Perez said. “At the end of the day it only matters here on Sunday. You need a bit of luck to be positioned well in the race.

“Barcelona was our poorest point of the season, I hope. That was extremely poor for our level of competitiveness so I think Monaco and the coming races should be quite a bit better for us.

“We should be in the fight for the points.”

The Force India VJM08 car has been particularly weak in fast corners so far this season, making the tight and twisting nature of the Monaco street circuit giving Perez a reason to be hopeful.

“Here you need downforce, you definitely need a lot of that,” Perez said. “It’s a very efficient track, mechanically you don’t have the high speed corners that are no good for us or the big lateral corners where you stress the car.

“You have super-soft tires and the walls. If we’re not too far off the driver can also make a bit of a difference. I’m optimistic and I hope we can make it in the fight for points.”

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”