Mallya optimistic Force India can overtake Renault
New Delhi: After three races this season, Renault enjoys a 12-point cushion but Force India chairman Vijay Mallya is optimistic that his team can bridge the gap and finish fifth in the constructors` championship.
Mallya has been harping on finishing behind the `Big Four` -- Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes GP -- and 18 points from three races places Force India sixth in the list, behind Renault with 30.
Mallya admitted Renault would not concede an inch but still felt Force India is capable of overtaking them.
"The grid is very tight as we saw in Malaysia and Australia and there`s no clear delineation between the front and the midfield," Mallya said ahead of Sunday`s Chinese Grand Prix.
"The most important at this stage is that we are still up there fighting. Renault look very strong right now but there`s still a lot more races to go this year and we have a clear direction about where we are going that will keep us with them, or hopefully leapfrog them," said Mallya, also the team principal.
"The drivers are confident and the team is working well so I think fifth is still realistic," he added.
All three races have yielded points so far this season and Mallya patted the team for maintaining their focus.
"At the start of the season I said we wanted to be regular points finishers and here we are, three races in, with three points` finishes," he said.
"It`s very pleasing when you see just how far we`ve come in one year. The difference, I believe, has been keeping the focus on what we want to do. We`ve kept our heads down, got on with the job and to a certain extent kept out of what the other teams are doing - we`ve focused on our own game.”
"The team at Brackley and Silverstone are tight-knit, efficient and the results are now coming through," he said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Watch: Yogi Adityanath's first speech as Uttar Pradesh CM in Gorakhpur
- Fateh Ka Fatwa: Is it time to introduce reforms in Muslim laws?
- BJP MLA Vikram Saini accused of voicing controversial statement
- Watch: Yogi Adityanath's speech at Gorakhnath temple
- DNA: Analysing the 'no first use' nuclear policy of India
- Is this for real: Ajinkya Rahane bizarre shot went for six, concerned Virat Kohli settles with smile — WATCH
- WATCH: Tom Latham takes IMPOSSIBLE catch to dismiss Faf du Plessis
- Sunil Grover to return as Dr Mashoor Gulati!
- Those ready to work 20 hours daily are welcome, rest can leave - UP CM Yogi Adityanath's message to govt officials
- India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja clobbers Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon for sixes — VIDEO