Sixth place finish is our priority: Mallya
With five more races to round off the season, Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said the Silverstone-based outfit`s priority now is to cling on to the sixth position in the constructor`s championship ahead of Williams.
New Delhi: With five more races to round off
the season, Force India team principal Vijay Mallya on Monday said
the Silverstone-based outfit`s priority now is to cling on to
the sixth position in the constructor`s championship ahead of
Mallya, who is also the chairman of the team, said Force
India would be looking to consolidate their position in their
next race in Singapore, which the team considers its second
"We certainly want to hang on to sixth place in the World
Championship, and not let Williams get past us. That clearly
is a priority," he said ahead of the Sunday night`s Singapore
"For personal reasons we`d love to do well in Singapore
as well, there`s a huge Indian community, a huge amount of
excitement. Force India would love to score a result that
consolidates our position in the championship on what we
consider to be our second `home` territory," Mallya said.
The Force India owner was of the view that his team was
unlucky not to have scored points in Monza but said with so
much to play for there was no time to look back at the past.
"We were of course all hoping to score some points in
Monza, but we were very unlucky in qualifying.”
"Yet with so much to play for in this part of the season
we can`t look backwards at missed opportunities. We have to
make the most of the chances coming up," Mallya insisted.
Force India driver Adrian Sutil echoed Mallya`s views and
said the team would be eyeing to return to points bracket in
"Points have got to be the aim this time. Williams had a
great event in Italy and really closed the gap with us, so we
need as many points as we can.”
"There are only a couple of overtaking places so
qualifying is crucial and we`ll be looking to get the whole
package right from practice so that we can optimise our
position for the start," the German said.
Sutil`s fellow driver Vitantonio Liuzzi too said that
they would go into Sunday`s race with only sixth-place finish
"With this in mind we can go to Singapore knowing we are
still very competitive and can take the fight to Williams for
sixth," Liuzzi said.