Where are Indians racing this weekend (October 6-8)

Force India and three budding Indian drivers will be in action on the weekend of October 6-8. Here’s what we can expect from our contingent...

Where are Indians racing this weekend (October 6-8)
Sergio Perez (F1 Japanese GP)
Sergio Perez (F1 Japanese GP)
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Force India has put on a steady show so far to retain its position as the best midfield team. And the Silverstone-based outfit feels there’s more to come as it is yet to fully exploit its aerodynamic package.

Esteban Ocon feels there’s potential to catch Red Bull, but it’s unlikely Force India will be able to close the gap to the Austrian team at an aero-centric track like Suzuka.

However, one can still expect both Ocon and Sergio Perez to finish inside the top 10 as they’ve for the majority of the races in 2017.

Arjun Maini (GP3 Jerez)
Arjun Maini (GP3 Jerez)
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After an unfortunate retirement in Monza, Arjun Maini would be looking forward to make a strong comeback at Jerez.

While all GP3 races have traditionally been held as support events to F1, the Jerez round will be a standalone.

This should mean that drivers won’t feel the pressure of being watched by grand prix teams and that can only be a positive thing.

Maini clearly has had the pace to be among the top-five, but due to unfortunate circumstances he trails down in ninth place in the championship.

But with sixth-placed driver and Jenzer teammate Alessio Lorandi only 10 points ahead, there’s potential to move up the standings this weekend.

Tarun Reddy (Euroformula Open Jerez)
Tarun Reddy (Euroformula Open Jerez)
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While one might not be too pleased with Tarun Reddy’s result at the previous EF Open round in Monza, deeper analysis shows it was arguably his best showing of the year.

Having started 17th on the grid, he was able to steadily move up the pack and put himself in a points-scoring position.

An unfortunate collision with countryman Ameya Vaidyanathan undid all his good work, but the pace he showed bodes well for the races to come.

Ameya Vaidyanathan (Euroformula Open Jerez)
Ameya Vaidyanathan (Euroformula Open Jerez)
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Vaidyanathan started off the season strongly, but his performance has tailed off in the last few races.

The best example was the previous round in Monza where he started on the front row of the grid but dropped down to sixth position before colliding with Reddy.

The Carlin driver must rebound himself this weekend as he is now on the verge of losing third position in the standings to Jannes Fittje.

Qualifying would be the key again. At the same time, he must analyse why he lacked in race pace the previous weekend.

Prashanth Tharani (12 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps)
Prashanth Tharani (12 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps)
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Prashanth Tharani will be competing in the final round of 24 Hour Endurance Touring Car Series, the 12 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Tharani will drive a TCR-spec SEAT Leon at the iconic Belgian circuit for Zest Engineering, He will be joined by Macedonian racer Viktor Davidovski.

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