Gascoyne stakes job on Force India progress

Mon, 29 October 2007, 01:52

Mike Gascoyne has openly staked his formula one career on a marked improvement for the Spyker team next season.

The highly respected engineer will stay at the Silverstone based squad as it becomes ‘Force India’ ahead of 2008.

Gascoyne, a Briton, promises that his cars next year will not remain at the very rear of the grid.

“At the halfway point of next season we will no longer be right at the back,” he told the Dutch magazine Formule 1 Race Report.

Gascoyne revealed that his goal for 2008 is to elevate Force India to regularly top-twelve qualifying performances and between ten and fifteen constructors’ points.

“That is ambitious, but not overly so,” he is quoted as saying. “We are convinced about it.

“I have said to (new owner) Vijay (Mallya): if at the end of next year we are still in last place, then I should already have been dismissed. And rightly so.”

Gascoyne also revealed that Force India in the coming weeks will be appointing new staff and reorganising existing team structures.

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