Force India will be hoping to be back amongst the points as they head to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix.
Paul di Resta has outqualified team-mate Adrian Sutil in all three Grand Prix weekends and the Scotsman just missed out on the points in China.
Last years DTM Champion finished the race in China11th and Adrian came home in 15th. Not scoring any points in Shanghai will have been frustrating but Force India have shown signs of improvement so there is cause for optimism.
Whilst there was disappointment in not scoring points, there were however encouraging signs to come out of the Chinese weekend.
Paul managed to make it into Q3 and qualify a superb 8th. And Sutil qualified just outside the top ten in 11th. The pace shown by both drivers in qualifying was pleasing and the team will be hoping for more of the same in Turkey.
Another positive was the fact di Resta and Sutil made places on the opening lap of the race yet again. Paul and Adrian have made decent starts to all three races and this can only bode well for the rest of the season.
With the benefit of hindsight perhaps both Force India drivers would have been better off having a three-stop strategy. This could be something the team consider for future races. But even with a two stop strategy, Paul was still in contention to score some points.
Tyre degradation was an issue throughout the race and this resulted in di Resta and Sutil struggling in their final stints of the race in China. Reflecting back on the Chinese weekend, it was an unfortunate end to what promised to be a decent race for Force India.
Nonetheless the team have made considerable progress and they were supposed to struggle in the season opener in Australia. But yet they still scored points as both Sauber drivers were disqualified from the race.
Surprisingly we could be in for a wet weekend at Istanbul. Off the top of my head, I don’t think we have had a wet weekend in Turkey.
But if it does turn out to be a wet weekend, then this may be an opportunity for di Resta and Sutil to pounce and score some points.
Adrian has proven in the past he is a very good driver in the wet so I’m sure he will be up for it if it does end up being a wet race. It will be interesting to see how Paul performs in the wet, provided it does rain in qualifying and in the race.
Paul did lose out on track time in Free Practice Two in China and the Scotsman will be hoping this is not the case this time round in Turkey. He will be aiming to build on his encouraging start to his Formula One career with a solid performance at Istanbul Park.
Di Resta will also be aiming to make it four-nil in qualifying after out-qualifying Adrian on all three occasions so far this season.
On the flip side however, Sutil will be hoping to get the better of Paul in qualifying and in the race at Turkey. The German has only finished in the points once this season and his aim will no doubt be to score points.
Adrian had a similar start last season where he was not scoring points in the first three-four races. But in the end the German came through the season with flying colours and I have every confidence Sutil will go onto to have another strong season with Force India.
I’m sure the mood at Force India is upbeat and without question we have yet to see the best of the VJM04.
The only way is up for Force India.