Force India fears in-form Sauber
22 October 2013 – The Force India F1 team will need to make 'a step forward' if it is to hang on to sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship and hold off an 'in-form' Sauber, team boss, Vijay Mallya has admitted prior to the outfit’s home race this weekend.
Force India is 17-points up going into the final four races of the 2013 F1 World Championship.
However, with Sauber having scored 14 points in the last race alone, Mallya is understandably concerned, a massive reversal to the stance some four to six weeks ago, when the squad still harboured ambitions of overhauling McLaren for fifth place in the championship.
“Sauber have been doing a very good job lately. They are the in-form team at the moment and they have been taking all the opportunities that were presented to them. It's going to be a real fight in these last four races: we need to make a step forward to hold them off, because they can qualify well and they have strong race pace as well,” Mallya confirmed.
“The races after the summer break haven't been very positive in terms of scoring points, but the morale in the team remains strong,” added the Indian.
“Korea and Japan [the previous two races] were not the easiest of weekends, but everyone in the team is working really hard to recapture our early [season] form.
“It's all a matter of finding the right balance with the car - when we do that, we will be back in the points.”