Mallya confident wheel nut issue is fixed
8 April 2013 – Force India team boss Vijay Mallya is confident that the repetitive wheel nut issue his outfit suffered with its new-for-2013 system in Malaysia is now resolved, with staff members completing an extensive investigation after the Grand Prix.
Both Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil were forced into retirement at Sepang, with fears over the drivers' safety growing too high after a series of troublesome pit-stops.
"Even though the last race was very disappointing, I know we have the potential to bounce back quickly and get a good result in Shanghai," said Mallya.
"Throughout the Sepang weekend, we had a quick car and the drivers felt good about their chances. We were confident of bringing both cars home in the points until the wheel nut issue let us down. We’ve had three weeks to understand what went wrong and have worked hard fix the root cause of the problem."
Mallya believes the upcoming races in China and Bahrain will provide a better representation of the grid and has set his Force India team the target of 'big points'.
"The next two weekends, with races in China and Bahrain, will put us in a position to see where we really stand in comparison with our rivals," added Mallya. "Everyone in the team is looking forward to this challenge and I am confident we will put the disappointment of Malaysia behind us and bring home some big points."
After the opening two races, Force India lies fifth in the Constructors' standings.