Reclaiming sixth will be hard, Mallya admits
24 July 2012 – Vijay Mallya confesses that a repeat of Force India’s sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship will be difficult, judging by the current situation in Formula 1. At the halfway point of the 2012 campaign, the team – which targeted a top five result before the season – sits eighth but is 34 points behind the position in which it ended last year.
Although the team, now running Nico Hülkenberg alongside Paul di Resta, is enjoying an on-track improvement, similar patters for Sauber and Williams have toughened the challenge for the Silverstone-based outfit originally known as Jordan Grand Prix.
“I’ve said many times already that this is the best start we have ever had to a season, in terms of points scored,” says Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director. “So from that perspective I’m satisfied and proud of what we have achieved in the first ten races. But at the same time I’m all too aware that we have a big fight on our hands to reclaim our sixth position in the championship.”
Mallya, adding that the season is ‘too hard to judge’ as various cars’ strengths and weaknesses are highlighted on different circuits, is staying realistic.
“People suggest that Hungary might play more to our strengths but, regardless of whether it suits us, we just need to be ahead of the teams that we are fighting with in the championship and score points. If you take our immediate competitors: Sauber have had three races without points so far, Williams have had four and we’ve had three. That’s what we need to address: we need to be scoring at every race.”
Force India entered F1 in 2008, having bought out the Spyker team.