Force India: Aim now to repeat podium

Force India: Aim now to repeat podium

16 April 2014 – Force India F1 won't sit back and will keep trying to improve, Team Principal Vijay Mallya has promised ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

The Silverstone-based outfit sits second in the Constructors' Championship after Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg finished a fantastic third and fifth in Bahrain last time out, and following the team's first rostrum since Belgium back in 2009, Mallya is keen now to see them repeat it.

"I think we've shown in the first few races that we have produced a competitive car. Bahrain was not just a one-off and we've been improving with each race," he remarked. "In Australia we were sixth, in Malaysia fifth and then third and fifth in Bahrain. As I've said [before], it's our best ever start to a season, which always gives me a great sense of satisfaction, but we won't sit back; we are always trying to improve.

"The aim is to repeat the podium, but each race is different and the field is so competitive that it's impossible to predict. Some tracks will suit us more than others but I want to see us up there fighting towards the front."

Asked how satisfying the race in Sakhir was, Mallya added: "I was very pleased to finally achieve that elusive podium. We've been close a few times in the last few years, but everything came together perfectly in Bahrain. I think it's a reflection of the talent and the passion of this team, and the fact that we have excellent teamwork.

"There's a great amount of dedication in all areas of the company and a single purpose in mind for everyone. We're second in the Constructors' Championship, which feels pretty special. I know we've only had three races, but nevertheless it's good to be up there. Forty four points out of three races - it's the dream start we were hoping for."

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Saturday 18 April 2015

  2. Castroneves breaks track record en route to Long Beach pole 23:29

    Castroneves breaks track record en route to Long Beach pole

    Hélio Castroneves will start on pole for tomorrow's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after breaking the track record in…

    Indy
  3. Daly to replace injured Moran Jr. 20:34

    Daly to replace injured Moran Jr.

    American Conor Daly will fill in for Rocky Moran Jr. this weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Moran Jr., 34, would…

    Indy
  4. 19:54

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday at Sakhir

    F1
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 17:09

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Qualifying results

    F1
  12. 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
  13. 15:47

    Follow qualifying for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  14. 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
  15. 14:37

    Latest GP2 photos: Saturday at Sakhir

    GP2
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 14:06

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  19. 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
  20. 12:48

    Follow final practice for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  21. 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
  22. 10:47

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Friday 17 April 2015

  26. 20:33

    Latest F1 photos: Friday at Sakhir

    F1
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 19:01

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Río Hondo

    MotoGP
  32. 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
  33. 18:41

    Latest GP2 photos: Friday at Sakhir

    GP2
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 17:35

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Full Practice 2 results

    F1
  37. 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
  38. 15:51

    Follow second practice for the Bahrain GP!

    F1
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 13:41

    Bahrain Grand Prix: Full Practice 1 results

    F1
  42. 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
more news