Istanbul will suit us, says Gascoyne
Mike Gascoyne is confident Force India’s VJM01 car will suit the sweeping Istanbul Park circuit as the team attempts to finally break out of Q1 in qualifying.
“The VJM01 is very good in high speed turns – we performed very well for example in sector one in Barcelona, the quickest part of the track, so I think the car will also go well in Istanbul.
“Traditionally we have has some success in Turkey and we know the car is reliable so we should look to have a good weekend."
Team co-owner Vijay Mallya admitted at the last round at Barcelona that he was disappointed that the team’s strong practice pace failed to materialize into a first Q2 berth.
Gascoyne says the team has tried to the identify the reasons for its cars’ drop in pace on Saturday afternoons and is hopeful it will be more competitive over one lap in Turkey.
“One item to emerge in Barcelona was that the free practice and race form was relatively good, but we dropped a long way off in qualifying,” he said.
“It was clear that on Saturday, fuel corrected, we couldn't get anywhere near the times we were able to do on Friday, even though the track was clearly much quicker.
“We dropped the ball and we have to make sure we don't do that in Turkey, but we have looked at the reasons and have identified some areas we can improve.
“I don't see any reason why the qualifying form we showed in the first three races where we were very close to getting into Q2 cannot be replicated in Istanbul.
“That has to be the aim now, but overall we need to get two cars to the finish with two strong race performances.
“We've shown with our finishes with Giancarlo that we can pick up points if they're available and stay with the other runners. We have to make sure we do that in Turkey too.”