Mallya confident of another good show in China Grand Prix
Shanghai: With two point finishes in as many races, Force India chairman Vijay Mallya is confident his team will continue its good show at the Shanghai International Circuit in Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.
Force India managed to finish among points for the second successive race with Paul Di Resta signing off 10th in the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix. His teammate Adrian Sutil had secured two points at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Force India are now joint fifth in the Constructors` Championship with four points on the table and Mallya said he was pleased with the performance of his drivers.
"After a difficult winter testing here we are two races into the season, with two point`s finishes. It`s very pleasing to see how we have progressed over the last few weeks, by keeping our heads down and focusing on our game," said Mallya, who is also the Team Principal.
"The teams at Brackley and Silverstone have done a great job with the VJM04 so far, and with upgrades due for the coming races, I am optimistic that we shall be able to continue improving our form and making steps forward to increase our pace. We head to China with our heads held high and in good spirits for another successful race," he added.
The Chinese Grand Prix will be the third round of the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship and the final event in the trio of flyaway races that opened the season and Sutil said he is excited to race at the Shanghai track.
"It is quite an interesting, modern circuit with an extensive Paddock. The track has unique corners, with very long right handers where you really have to get everything right to gain an advantage," he said.
"There are different lines you can take, so there are many ways to approach a lap, and the long straight where you can normally pass quite well. The weather can a little bit tricky with cold and sometimes wet conditions, but in general it is a grand prix I like. I am happy to go there," he added.
Di Resta is also looking forward to the race and said it would be interesting to see how the DRS activation works at the Shanghai track.
"I am looking forward to the race in China. It is quite a technical track and one that I am keen to experience more as I had a small taste of it last year. It will be interesting to see how the DRS activation works with the rear wing in
Shanghai because if it’s going to work anywhere that`s where it will be because it has a very long straight," he said.
"The corners are very long, with big radiuses. I visited Shanghai city twice last year, and it is huge with an amazing culture and great things to see, so it should be a good weekend."