Vijay Mallya says he is confident that his Force India team will suffer no more sticky wheel nuts, the likes of which caused a double DNF during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Both Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta suffered extremely long pit stops as the teams revolutionary captive wheel nut system failed and made it almost impossible to remove the nut from the wheel during pit stops.
Eventually, the time lost during the pit stops caused the two to call it a day while running over a lap down from the leaders in a relatively early stage of the Grand Prix.
Mallya is confident, however, that the three weeks between the Malaysian GP and the Chinese round have left enough time for the team to understand and rectify the problem.
“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,” The Indian said. “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 to fix the root cause of the problem.”
He also believes that the next races will show the team’s 2013 potential as they fight towards their goal of fifth in the Constructors Championship.
“The next two weekends, with races in China and Bahrain, will put us in a position to see where we really stand in comparison with our rivals. Everyone in the team is looking forward to this challenge and I am confident we will put the disappointment of Malaysia behind us and bring home some big points.”