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Redeemed Force India plan for immediate upgrades

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Nikita Mazepin - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Hungaroring
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Sahara Force India F1 Team are planning to bring new updates to their cars, which could be ready for the next race in Belgium following the summer break.

The team was saved through the efforts of businessman Lawrence Stroll and the consortium which he backed.

Chief Operating Officer with the Silverstone-based team, Otmar Szafnauer, said that he hoped the team would have all their upgrades in place by the time we reach Spa-Francorchamps, but said he was aware the process may take longer.

“I hope that’s the case.  If not, definitely by Monza.  There are some components that have been put on hold and I don’t where the suppliers will get to because they don’t work over the break,” said Szafnauer, speaking to Motorsport.com.

“So, we’re only going to have a couple of days before Spa.  But if not before then, before Monza.”

Following the process of the team leaving administration, they would some funding, with more to be provided in the two to three weeks afterwards, also allowing them to start focusing their efforts on the 2019 car.

They still have a chance to gain fourth position in this year’s Constructors’ Championship, but will not be able to do so without the much needed funding.

“We definitely need more funding or this doesn’t work,” said Szafnauer.  “We have to start paying our suppliers and purchase some much needed materials for both upgrades for this year’s car and next year’s car.

“We’re in the midst of building next year’s car and without funding we wouldn’t have been able to do that.  It’s much needed and couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Force India are in their eleventh year of Formula 1, finishing fourth in the last two seasons, and despite various occasions where financial difficulties have halted development, they are twenty-three points behind fellow mid-field team Renault Sport Formula One Team and seven points behind Haas F1 Team.

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