Vijay Mallya remains confident that his Force India team can catch Williams for fourth in the constructors’ championship before the end of the season.
Force India slipped behind Williams in the constructors’s championship following the British Grand Prix, and now find themselves 37 points adrift of their resurgent rivals after both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg crashed out of last weekend’s race in Hungary, with McLaren now just a single point behind the Silverstone-based team.
But despite the gap, Mallya maintains that Williams can still be caught, with eighth races still to run over the remainder of the season.
“Can we catch Williams? Yes, we can,” Mallya told the Official Formula 1 website. “We have to work hard at it as well, but as I just said, there’s still a long way to go.
“They have done a great job and one should complement them for this – probably in the same way that we are doing well – unexpectedly – as a midfield, small team. The opportunity is there.”
Mallya notes the prospect of double points at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, which he believes could significantly affect the final outcome of both championships, as proof that overcoming Williams for fourth in the constructors’ remains a viable target.
“We must never forget that at the last race it’s going to be double points, which can change everything again,” he added.
“There is a huge amount of unpredictability on who will finish where in the constructors’ championship – and the drivers’ championship – this year, so it’s a question of focusing, keeping it going and making sure that none of the other teams are taking too much of a lead in front of us.
“We can always catch up – it’s still a long way to go.”
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