Apr 8, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT
Force India will continue to use the captive wheel nut system that let them down during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil and to retire their VJM06s from the race as a problem with the wheel nuts meant their front-left tires could not be changed.
Captive wheel nut systems are already being used by other teams to speed up pit stops. It keeps the nut with the wheel, allowing the mechanic changing it to save precious tenths of a second while swapping the wheels over.
Force India believe they understand the cause of their problems in Malaysian and have taken advantage of the three-week gap between races to work on a solution.
“Even though the last race in Malaysia was very disappointing, I know we have the potential to bounce back quickly and get a good result in Shanghai,” said team owner Vijay Mallya. “Throughout the Sepang weekend, we had a quick car and the drivers felt good about their chances.”
“We were confident of bringing both cars home in the points until the wheel nut issue let us down. We’ve had three weeks to understand what went wrong and have worked hard fix the root cause of the problem.”
Force India showed promising pace before their double retirement, with Sutil quickest in Q1.
“The other teams will not stand still so we need to keep pushing hard and keep up this momentum,” he warned. “We will have a new tire combination in China – the soft and the medium – and we appear to be quite good at managing our tires so we need to use that to our advantage.”
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