Bob Fernley not expecting competitive order to change in Barcelona

Rules stability means gains are becoming harder to find

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 06/05/13 9:33am

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Force India's Bob Fernley does not expect to see any teams make any major steps forward in performance at the Spanish GP as the cars reach the limits of their development potential.

Traditionally, the first European race of the season sees the teams bring large upgrade packages to their cars and, if their calculations have been correct, gain a few extra tenths.

However, with this being the fifth year of the current rule cycle gains are becoming harder to find and with the exception of McLaren, the Deputy Team Principal does not expect to see any teams finding any significant pace.

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"I'm not sure you are going to see the big upgrades we've seen in the past, and I'm not just talking about us, I'm talking about across the board," Fernley said.

"Apart from McLaren, who we know will come back and be as strong as always, for the rest of the teams there is not much left in these cars as they are today.

"We've been pretty stable for the last few years, so there are not big leaps. I think everybody is just going to be putting tiny bits on all the way through the season - I hope!"

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