Force India: Leading trio are untouchable

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Force India deputy team boss Bob Fernley believes they
will be unable to break into the top three this
season.

Force India claimed the ‘best of the rest’ tag after their
fourth-placed finish in the Constructors’ Championship in 2016.

And that will be the target once again as Mercedes, a resurgent
Ferrari and Red Bull look to battle it out in front, while the
midfield pack continues to tighten up behind them.

“I don’t think there are any surprises,” said Fernley via
Motorsport.com.

“Well, there are a couple of surprises, in so much as I think
that I think that Ferrari have come out of the blocks much
better than I thought.

“I think as a result of that, I think it has also dragged Haas
up a little bit from where we thought they would be.

“I think Renault have gone a good job, better than we thought
they would be, and McLaren are worse than we thought they would
be.

“Obviously our primary aim is to retain that fourth place, so
we always assumed that the top three would be unobtainable
unless one of them made a mistake – and they haven’t. So, that
solves that problem.”

Fernley is hopeful, though, that they can be the team to
benefit if other teams continue to have teething problems with
their power units in the early stages of the season.

He added: “There is still probably a question mark over some of
the power unit issues – the one from Honda, and I think Renault
also have a couple of issues. Early races will be about
finishing and getting both cars home.”

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