Force India F1 looks to regroup in Korea
24 September 2013 – Force India team principal and managing director, Vijay Mallya has said his team will be out to ‘regroup’ and ‘keep up the fighting spirit’ in Korea in two weeks times.
The Silverstone-based outfit has struggled ever since the changes were made to the Pirelli tyres following the British Grand Prix.
Indeed the point scored in Singapore last weekend, when Adrian Sutil brought his Mercedes-powered VJM-06 home in tenth place, was only the squad’s third from the last five races.
Furthermore while that was positive, Paul di Resta’s late exit, when he crashed out at Turn 7 on lap 55, was less so, especially as McLaren has now pulled 14 points clear of Force India in the battle for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
“We come away from Singapore with mixed feelings,” said Mallya. “The positive is that Adrian picked up the final point and that’s a good effort considering where he started the race. On the other hand we missed a golden opportunity to score some big points with Paul, who potentially could have finished in sixth place. His retirement with seven laps to go proved costly and has not helped us in our battle against McLaren.
“As a team we must focus on the positives however, of the competitive race pace, good tyre management, and the calls we made with the strategy.
“Korea in two weeks’ time will be a chance to regroup and keep up our fighting spirit,” he concluded.