Force India Expects Renault And McLaren To Pose Significant Threat This Year

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley expects rivals McLaren and Renault to up their game considerably and pose a serious threat to his squad in the 2018 F1 season.

Both McLaren and Renault should perform much better this year than they did in 2017. The latter even managed to snatch sixth place in the constructors’ championship during the final race in Abu Dhabi, when Nico Hulkenberg beat both Force India drivers.

McLaren, like the Renault works team, have a bigger budget than Force India, and for 2018, they’ve ditched Honda in favor of Renault power.

“Both Renault and McLaren look quite handy,” Fernley said in an interview with Autosport. “They are a significant threat and we need to take it seriously. We need to do quite a bit of work ourselves to make sure that we accommodate that. There will be no quarter given to those three cars. The three teams will be locked into a massive battle.”

Force India finished 4th in the constructors’ championship last year, despite having one of the smallest budgets on the grid, at roughly £90 million ($127 million). On the other hand, Renault and McLaren, despite their much bigger budgets, at £150 million ($213 million) and £185 million ($262 million) respectively, really struggled in 2017.

“It’ll always be difficult to compete against the bigger budgets, but saying that, we’ve done it for two years in a row so there’s no reason why we can’t do it for a third,” said Fernley.

He also acknowledges that there will again likely be a gap between the top three teams (namely Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull) and the rest of the field, but added that now “there will be three teams going for fourth place.”

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  • Bash

    I cant take a pink F1 car seriously… sorry about that. wish them luck tho.

    • Lol yeah, and I bet their merch sale has gone down.

      In all seriousness we will see if McLaren last minute Engine surgery works, and that Renault investment has paid off (The 2017 is transition time for them, since many of Enstone facility needs to be rebuild after Genii lasck of investment)

  • Shahul Usman

    Hey, what the problem with pink? (see avatar)…I liked them best when the car was white orange and green for the indian flag… but BWT gave them lots of money to make their car pink.. FLYIN PIGS!!! I think they will change the name and colors this year… ruled out Force one? (too close to F1)… I think with the Mercedes Engines, they will still do well against most other teams.. but if the renault engine can produce like it did for Red Bull last year and gain reliability..then who knows.. This year will be interesting with how Ferrari closed the gap some to AMG

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