Mallya sees “no reason” to change driver line-up

Mallya sees “no reason” to change driver line-up

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says he is happy with both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez and sees no reason why the Silverstone-based outfit would need to change them for 2015.

The team has enjoyed its best ever first half to a season and is currently fifth in the constructors’ standings with 98 points, just two ahead of McLaren.

Perez registered Force India’s first podium since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix in Bahrain earlier in the year and Hulkenberg has so far finished every race in the top 10.

“We have options on both,” Mallya said when asked if he wants to and can keep them. “I’m very happy with both of them and I see no reason why we should be looking at any change.”

He is confident that the team can retain its position in the championship and believes it is possible to move up the order as well. “I don’t think we’ve slipped,” he said.

“We continue to do our best, we’ve scored points in every race. Williams have done an outstanding job. I think that was pretty clear in pre-season testing. The results are showing. But I think between Williams, McLaren, Sahara Force India, Ferrari, the gap is small and can be closed even in one race.

“Of course, the double points in the last race may change the equation completely and one never knows in whose favour. We feel quite confident that we can fight to stay where we are or maybe even get a little ahead.

“I think it’s realistic to be optimistic as well. As long as you have confidence in what you’re doing and the car is performing, no hard luck stories, there’s a lot to look forward to and many races to go.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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