Force India to give everything in Interlagos: Mallya
Sao Paolo: Force India chairman Vijay Mallya
said the resurgent outfit would be giving it everything in
Sunday`s Brazilian Grand Prix, hoping to garner as many points
as possible from the penultimate round of the 2009 Formula One
Mallya did not hide his disappointment at the team`s
failure to get into points in the Japanese Grand Prix in
Suzuka, where the track suited them. With Interlagos too being
a low-to-medium downforce track, Mallya hopes to add to its
World Championship points` total.
"We will be giving it everything we have," Mallya, also
the team principal, said.
"Brazil should suit us, our car has performed well on
tracks with a similar configuration, and now we`ve got the
taste for points, we want to get some more. BMW are 11 points
ahead of us in the constructors` championship so if Tonio and
Adrian push hard we could at least close that gap.
"It`s going to be difficult but we have everything to
gain and nothing to lose by making this our aim," he added.
"We had high hopes for the Japanese Grand Prix. To a
certain extent we got there as we qualified well, ran towards
the front of the field and raced with larger teams. However,
of course we missed out on points again so ultimately it was
frustrating we could not capitalise on this," Mallya said.
"Based on this form I am however very optimistic we can
make up ground in Brazil. Adrian and Tonio both know the track
and the car is at its peak so I`m confident we should again be
Q2 or higher and again racing for the points," Mallya said.
Sutil too described his Japan outing as a "missed
opportunity" but sounded confident of Sunday`s race.
"Interlagos is a great track, not that long, but with a
lot of camber and undulation that makes it a bit like a
rollercoaster - particularly with the bumps. There`s a twisty
section and then that long, uphill straight that needs a
set-up somewhere between Spain and Belgium so there`s a chance
we could perform well there. I`m feeling confident about going
well there," he said.
Liuzzi too shared his enthusiasm and said, "I like the
circuit and I`ve been pretty fast there in the past so with
the combination of this confidence and the car performance I
think we could be really competitive. I`m looking forward to
being in a strong position."