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."