Mallya sure Austria circuit will suit Force India
16 June 2014 – Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya is confident that the characteristics of the Red Bull Ring will suit the VJM07 as the sport prepares for the return of the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.
Formula 1 last raced in Austria in 2003 and this weekend will mark the Silverstone-based team's first visit to the circuit under its current guise.
"The last time Formula 1 raced there, the cars were very different from what they are now so it is difficult to predict how the pecking order will be," said Mallya.
"We don't expect massive surprises, however - cars that have been competitive so far will retain their advantage. The track layout seems likely to be favourable to the characteristics of the VJM07, but the competitive order is very tight and we will need to be performing at our best to come away with a good result."
Force India currently sits fourth in the championship with 77 points – equalling their total from 2013 after just seven races – but Mallya is adamant that his outfit can continue to fight with more esteemed rivals.
"The VJM07 was very competitive [in Canada]; we got all the strategy calls right and we were on course for one of our best ever results," he said. "The accident for Sergio [Pérez] on the last lap took that away from us, but we should not forget the positives: our tyre management was excellent and we were able to race at the front and challenge for the win.
"I am very proud of what the team has achieved so far, but by no means are we going to ease off at this point. The development race is not going to stop: we are working hard to bring updates to the car and give our drivers an even better chance to score big results.
"Of course, we have shown a good level of consistency, being able to score in every race so far, and we want to continue to be able to ruffle a few feathers in the top spots."