Force India will run its true 2011 aerodynamic package for the first time during Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
AUTOSPORT spoke to Andy Green, who took over as technical director during the build-up to the 2011 season. He explains why the team considers its season to start in Barcelona, what made Force India drop the aerodynamic concept that has served it so well over the past two seasons and his hopes for the 'real' 2011 car.
AUTOSPORT: Why are we seeing this new aerodynamic package for the first time now rather than at the start of the year?
Andy Green: The process began soon after I started as technical director last year. It was pretty obvious that aerodynamically we were quite stale, doing the same old thing. Our understanding was quite limited as we hand't explored some of the newer concepts aerodynamically. Around November, I realised that we needed to make a big shout and change our tactic at the cost of performance during the pre-season and in the early races. We didn't have the capacity to do two aero programmes in parallel.
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