Anyhow, today we have a very exciting race to watch. The two Sahara Force India cars lockout the 3rd row of the grid after a great qualifying session.
This season has been interesting for the grid's only Indian team. In some ways our best ever season so far, but it some ways it has been pretty poor. There is no hiding the fact that in every race since Brazil last year the car had the pace to grab a podium - so it is overdue. However, the team have been extremely unlucky in 2013.
In 2011, the team suffered a total of three retirements all season. The same can be said of 2012. This season though we've already had three retirements and race four has not even begun yet! Not saying our car is unreliable though as two of these retirements we're down to a problem with pit-stop equipment. Don't forget that in pre-season testing, our car was bullet proof.
The interesting fact about this season is that when the VJM06 has finished a race, it has done so inside the points. We have yet to finish a race outside the top ten which is pretty impressive. The team sit 6th in the constructors championship, level on points with McLaren - although we should leapfrog them today if all goes well. The aims of the team recently are indicative of our pace. Despite looking good in the championship, and despite starting very high up the grid today - the team are looking forward, not back. A podium seems like a probability now rather than a possibility. Personally, my view is that today is the day a podium will happen. Might be putting my reputation on the line here, but my predictions are:
3) di Resta
... that is, of course, if our drivers don't crash into each other again!
Quick straight line speed (1st & 2nd through the speed trap in qualifying, yet qualified near the front - means the car is setup beautifully and that others will struggle to overtake us).
Great tyre life (our car appears to be one of the best when it comes to preserving tyres).
Fantastic race pace (on Friday our car was as quick as Ferrari on race pace - the only team who were quicker were Lotus).
Grosjean starts down in 14th, away from our cars (lol, just kidding, to be fair he has cleaned up his act this season!)
Everything is set-up perfectly really!!
Our previous best result in Bahrain was 6th for di Resta last season - i suspect that may be beaten today!
All the best to the team,
thanks for reading,