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Force India B-spec debut pushed back to Silverstone

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Force India will roll out its highly-anticipated B-spec VJM08 at the British Grand Prix rather than at Austria's post-grand prix test days, driver Sergio Perez has confirmed.

Originally the plan was for Force India to unveil its new car during the two days of testing taking place next week at the Red Bull Ring but it will now just run some new parts on the current car instead. The new car, which Force India hopes will unlock performance it has been lacking all season, will then be unveiled ahead of the British Grand Prix.

"We are going to have it for Silverstone," Perez confirmed in Austria. "We are doing some testing with some of the parts in the test, but the main upgrade will come for Silverstone. It is very good news because there is only one race left so hopefully we can score points this weekend and then aim for a much better second half of the year with the upgraded car."

The high-speed Red Bull Ring is likely to suit Mercedes-powered teams and Perez is optimistic about the team's chances in Austria with an upgraded power unit.

"Yes, it is an updated one, so it is a good place to have a new engine. This track is quite important for the engine, so hopefully it can give us a good boost and we can be in a good position.

"I am optimistic for this weekend. There is a bit of showers around and a concern over the weekend in that respect. Last year I was really strong around here, so I expect to be good. We have a good engine, so this track should suit us better for our car. It doesn't have my high-speed corners - or corners - so we should be better here."