Mallya “quietly confident” following winter tests

Mallya “quietly confident” following winter tests

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says he feels “quietly confident” ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 season opener in Australia after an encouraging 12 days of winter testing.0887LB1D2438

The VJM07 completed the second most laps of any team at the final four-day event in Bahrain, with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg at the wheel, and managed 761 laps over the three tests.

With a number of rivals struggling with reliability problems, Mallya feels the Silverstone-based outfit is in a good position.

“It was certainly a good week in terms of mileage because we completed the second highest number of laps of all the teams,” he said.

“So we can be satisfied with the amount and quality of the work we were able to carry out. We’ve learned a lot of things – by no means everything – and I think we can feel quietly confident.”

However, he added that it is difficult to predict what will happen at the first round of the season: “It’s never easy to make predictions and this year there are so many more unknowns than usual. I think we can arrive in Melbourne feeling happy about the work we’ve done over the winter.

“How that will translate to a race weekend is hard to say, but I think it’s important that an element of unpredictability has returned. There is plenty of interest around Formula One at the moment and that’s a good thing.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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