Despite calling the Force India a “good all-rounder” car given its successful recent performances, both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are struggling to find pace at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Perez enjoyed a strong finish to the opening practice session of the weekend, placing his Force India in fifth position, although he slipped to 13th in FP2, a tenth behind team mate Nico Hulkenberg who sat out of FP1 as development Alfonso Celis stepped in.

“Generally I haven’t been very happy and comfortable with the car’s balance, so there is a lot of room to improve the mechanical balance,” Perez said on Friday.

“That’s our target, to figure out a nicer balance through cornering – high speed to low speed, because obviously you are running very low downforce so your balance is very important.”

Hulkenberg, who finished FP2 in 12th position, had a more brutal appraisal of the Force India’s performance.

“It’s just crap,” Hulkenberg said on the balance.

“At the moment we’re not very happy with it so we’ve got a bit of work to do and a bit of tuning.

“Obviously we have collected quite a bit of data now and we need to go through stuff and see what options we have available and work out something that hopefully works better tomorrow.”

Image via Sahara Force India 

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