Force India target 'home race' podium

Force India target 'home race' podium

27 June 2012 – After a strong performance in the European Grand Prix, Force India team principal Vijay Mallya is hoping new upgrades will help the team score their first Formula 1 podium. Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta finished fifth and seventh, achieving the team’s biggest points score of the season.

Force India's first podium came at Spa in 2009
“Nico Hulkenberg was on a traditional two-stop strategy and had the opportunity to pit under the safety car, so guts and luck came together,” he said in an interview for Formula1.com. “We are really proud of the result, even though it was a bitter pill when Nico Rosberg overtook Paul (di Resta) on the last lap but his tyres were old and Rosberg had fresh tyres.”

Despite the team’s impressive result in Valencia, Mallya believes the drivers could have had an even better one after mistakes in qualifying.

“I was hoping for a better qualifying result, but in Q3 maybe both overdrove the car, locked up the wheels etc. So we started eighth and tenth while I was actually hoping to start in the top five.”

“I have never regretted my decision about the drivers. On the contrary, I think we have two potential world champions in this team. They are both exceptionally talented. I am very delighted to have them.”

The Silverstone based team now look forward to their second home race, India being the second.

“We regard Silverstone as one of our home races,” he said. “Our headquarters is just a stone’s throw from the track. We’ll do whatever it takes to bring as many upgrades as possible to be even more competitive. We want to be on the podium. I think we’re close to it now.”

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Saturday 18 April 2015

  2. 19:54

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday at Sakhir

    F1
  3. Button senses improvement despite problems 19:42

    Button senses improvement despite problems

    Jenson Button is adamant that McLaren is making strides despite the Briton being plagued by problems so far this weekend in…

    F1
  4. Márquez dominates to take Argentina pole 18:57

    Márquez dominates to take Argentina pole

    World Champion Marc Márquez took a dominant pole position after controlling qualifying at the Río Hondo Circuit in…

    MotoGP
  5. Vettel: Ferrari will be closer in the race 18:52

    Vettel: Ferrari will be closer in the race

    Sebastian Vettel is confident that Ferrari will provide Mercedes with an even greater challenge in race conditions in…

    F1
  6. Rosberg says he 'got it wrong' with strategy 18:17

    Rosberg says he 'got it wrong' with strategy

    Nico Rosberg has admitted that he "got it wrong" with regards to his qualifying strategy in Bahrain after ending up third on the…

    F1
  7. First Bahrain pole pleases Hamilton 17:58

    First Bahrain pole pleases Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton was in high spirits after securing his first pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday…

    F1
  8. Vandoorne elated by perfect start 17:42

    Vandoorne elated by perfect start

    McLaren young driver Stoffel Vandoorne says his GP2 season could not have started in better fashion as he followed up pole…

    GP2
  9. 17:09

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Qualifying results

    F1
  10. Hamilton beats Vettel to Sakhir pole 17:08

    Hamilton beats Vettel to Sakhir pole

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton maintained his 100 per cent pole record for the season by outpacing Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel…

    F1
  11. 15:47

    Follow qualifying for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  12. Márquez tops third session in Argentina 14:51

    Márquez tops third session in Argentina

    World Champion Marc Márquez set the quickest time during the third practice session at the Río Hondo circuit in…

    MotoGP
  13. 14:37

    Latest GP2 photos: Saturday at Sakhir

    GP2
  14. Video: Pile-up during GP2 Feature Race 14:35

    Video: Pile-up during GP2 Feature Race

    Norman Nato, Arthur Pic, Raffaele Marciello and Pierre Gasly were all involved in a pile-up during Saturday's GP2 Feature Race…

    GP2
  15. Nato penalised for triggering pile-up 14:25

    Nato penalised for triggering pile-up

    Arden rookie Norman Nato has been handed a grid penalty for causing a multi-car pile-up during the opening stages to GP2's…

    GP2
  16. 14:06

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  17. Hamilton edges Vettel in final practice 14:05

    Hamilton edges Vettel in final practice

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton narrowly outpaced Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel during final practice for the Bahrain Grand…

    F1
  18. 12:48

    Follow final practice for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  19. Vandoorne recovers to take Bahrain victory 12:25

    Vandoorne recovers to take Bahrain victory

    McLaren junior driver Stoffel Vandoorne opened his 2015 account in perfect fashion as he recovered from an unfavourable strategy…

    GP2
  20. 10:47

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  21. New Manor Marussia expected in August 10:31

    New Manor Marussia expected in August

    Manor Marussia team boss John Booth hopes that the outfit's full 2015 Formula 1 car will be ready for the sport's summer break…

    F1
  22. Video of the Day: Sakhir braking demands 10:02

    Video of the Day: Sakhir braking demands

    Learn more about the braking demands at the Sakhir circuit with this Brembo video guide.

    F1
  23. Friday 17 April 2015

  24. 20:33

    Latest F1 photos: Friday at Sakhir

    F1
  25. Räikkönen reprimanded for pit infraction 20:31

    Räikkönen reprimanded for pit infraction

    Kimi Räikkönen has been reprimanded by the stewards after they deemed that he drove in a potentially dangerous manner in the…

    F1
  26. Mercedes fearful of 'really strong' Ferrari 19:29

    Mercedes fearful of 'really strong' Ferrari

    Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are wary of Ferrari's long run potential after the first day of practice in…

    F1
  27. Video: Vettel, Pérez collide during practice 19:10

    Video: Vettel, Pérez collide during practice

    Watch as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Force India's Sergio Pérez collide during FP2 in Bahrain.

    F1
  28. No further action over Vettel/Pérez incident 19:07

    No further action over Vettel/Pérez incident

    Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Pérez have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the stewards after their clash during Bahrain Grand…

    F1
  29. 19:01

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Río Hondo

    MotoGP
  30. Espargaró stays on top in second session 18:59

    Espargaró stays on top in second session

    Aleix Espargaró continued to set the pace for Suzuki as he posted the fastest time during the second practice session at the…

    MotoGP
  31. 18:41

    Latest GP2 photos: Friday at Sakhir

    GP2
  32. Vandoorne storms to pole in Bahrain 18:38

    Vandoorne storms to pole in Bahrain

    Stoffel Vandoorne claimed his fifth successive GP2 pole position and bagged the first four points of the 2015 campaign by…

    GP2
  33. Moran Jr. to replace Huertas for Long Beach 18:34

    Moran Jr. to replace Huertas for Long Beach

    Dale Coyne Racing has confirmed that Rocky Moran Jr. will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut this Sunday, replacing Carlos…

    Indy
  34. 17:35

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Full Practice 2 results

    F1
  35. Rosberg fastest for Mercedes in FP2 17:34

    Rosberg fastest for Mercedes in FP2

    Nico Rosberg led Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes returned to the top of the timesheets during second practice for the Bahrain Grand…

    F1
  36. 15:51

    Follow second practice for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  37. Video: Bahrain Grand Prix challenges 15:32

    Video: Bahrain Grand Prix challenges

    Simone Resta, Ferrari's Chief Designer, talks about the challenges of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

    F1
  38. Espargaró puts Suzuki on top in Argentina 14:52

    Espargaró puts Suzuki on top in Argentina

    Suzuki ended on top of the time sheets for the first time in 2015 as Aleix Espargaró set the quickest lap during the opening…

    MotoGP
  39. 13:41

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Full Practice 1 results

    F1
  40. Räikkönen heads Ferrari 1-2 in first practice 13:38

    Räikkönen heads Ferrari 1-2 in first practice

    Kimi Räikkönen edged out Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari 1-2 during Friday afternoon's opening free practice session for the…

    F1
  41. 11:46

    Follow first practice for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  42. Video of the Day: Hamilton's Sakhir preview 09:14

    Video of the Day: Hamilton's Sakhir preview

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton previews this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit.

    F1
more news