Mallya: More podiums possible in 2014
Vijay Mallya is confident that Force India can score more podium finishes before the end of the 2014 Formula 1 season.
The Silverstone-based outfit has registered one top three result so far this season, when Sergio Perez finished in third place at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Currently Force India is fifth in the constructors’ standings with 98 points, two ahead of McLaren and 18 behind Ferrari. Mallya believes the team can return to the podium before the season comes to a close.
“The development of the VJM07 continues and much of what we learn this year can be carried over into 2015,” he said. “So it’s a very different situation compared with last year when we had to switch very early to develop the new car.
“Performance-wise we have some developments which will be on the car soon and that should give us a useful step. In terms of targets I certainly feel that more podiums are possible. We need to end the season in the same way we started it.”
Commenting on the season so far, he added: “We are in a good place and the whole team should feel proud of our performance in the first half of the season.
“We’ve scored 39 points more compared to the first half of last season and that’s an indication of our consistency. We’ve picked up points in every race and we’re in the middle of a very close fight in the championship.
“We are pushing hard to be even more competitive, but we’ve certainly delivered in the first ten races.”
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