Mallya banking on consistency and updates in Turkish GP
Istanbul: Force India`s new-found
consistency and the updates on the pipeline will yield a
double point finish in Sunday`s Turkish Grand Prix, hopes
chairman Vijay Mallya.
Force India goes into the seventh round of the
championship in a buoyant mood following its double points
finish at last week`s Monaco Grand Prix.
Both the drivers, Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi,
brought home their VJM03 cars inside the top 10, marking the
team`s best-ever combined finish and bringing the season total
so far to 30 points.
Mallya said the team would introduce some updates for
Sunday`s race and he expects them to pay off.
"We have some new upgrades coming for Turkey. So with the
result of Monaco and these developments I would like to see a
similar level of performance and ultimately results," said
Mallya, hailing the team`s consistency this season.
"Six times in the top 10 since the start of the season,
and two cars in the points for the first time ever, it`s a
great result for the team. And to do so in Monaco, which is
such a challenging race, is really a good marker of how far
we`ve come in a season.”
"We`re a solid sixth place now in the championship, 30
points up, whereas last year we were points-free until
Belgium. We`ve still got a long way to go until Abu Dhabi but
at this point we can be really pleased about where we are.
Every race we go to we set ourselves very high expectations
and, so far, we`ve generally met them," said Mallya.
Sutil too was looking forward the Turkish Grand Prix,
saying the updates should make a difference in Sunday`s race.
"We have some new developments we are aiming to test and
then introduce for the race, including changes to the front
wing and to the mirrors to optimise the position used for the
first time in China.”
"We`ve seen in previous races that the top teams aren`t
going for major upgrade packages, they are drip feeding
improvements, and that`s why it`s so important to keep these
steps coming through. I`m feeling very positive about this
race," said the German.
"What pleases me most is that we have a car that now
performs on all types of tracks, both high and low downforce.
Consistency is the key this year and I`m really happy with the
position we`re in. We go to each track thinking `Q3 and points
for sure," he added.
Teammate Liuzzi sounded equally confident about the race.
"The target is to get into Q3 and then score points. From
the team`s perspective we need to try to bring both cars into
the points at the end of the race...we need to continue to put
both cars the top 10 if we want to catch Renault," he said.