Mallya “optimistic” Force India’s competitive form will continue

Mallya “optimistic” Force India’s competitive form will continue

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya is “optimistic” that the Silverstone-based outfit’s competitive form will continue at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Chinese Grand Prix - Race Day - Shanghai, China

The team has enjoyed its best start to a season and has scored points in all four races so far, including three double top 10 finishes.

Sergio Perez registered Force India’s second ever podium in Bahrain, while Nico Hulkenberg has finished every race within the top six. “I think we can feel extremely satisfied with our performance during the first four races,” Mallya said.

“We’ve been in the points in every race, Sergio has been on the podium and Nico has finished no lower than sixth place. We’ve already scored 70% of the total points we scored in 2013 and that puts us in a fantastic position to potentially enjoy our best season to date.”

He expects the up-coming races, including round five in Spain, to play more to the Mercedes-powered VJM07’s strengths. “It’s encouraging that we have performed well across a wide range of circuits, so I’m optimistic that we can maintain our competitive form in Barcelona,” he continued.

“China has never been an especially strong track for us, so to come away with ten points was a very good effort. We also expect our car to perform better in warmer conditions and there are some upcoming races that will play more to our strengths.”

Mallya added: “At the same time we know that Formula 1 never stands still and Barcelona is always a pivotal moment in the development race, but I’m optimistic we can keep up our momentum.”

Force India is currently third in the constructors’ standings, three points behind Red Bull Racing and 100 behind run-away leaders Mercedes.

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Jack Leslie

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