Mallya: Force India can catch Williams
30 July 2014 – Vijay Mallya is hopeful that Force India will be able to reclaim fourth in the Constructors' Championship from Williams before the end of the campaign, having recently lost the position to the team.
Force India was passed by Williams at the British Grand Prix and the lead has since been stretched to 37 points, while sixth-placed McLaren moved to within just one point in Hungary after the outfit's double retirement.
But instead of looking at those behind, Mallya has set his sights on making up lost ground after the break.
"Can we catch Williams? Yes, we can," Mallya told the official Formula 1 website. "We have to work hard at it, but there's still a long way to go. They have done a great job and one should complement them for this – probably in the same way that we are doing well – unexpectedly – as a midfield, small team. The opportunity is there."
Mallya says he is pleased with Force India's performances over the first half of 2014, given the fact that the squad has scored points in all races – including a podium in Bahrain – bar the recent trip to the Hungaroring.
"That is a huge statement for this team, which only a few years ago was struggling for a point," Mallya went on to explain. "So we have taken a big step forward. But I always told my team to never underestimate the opposition, and we don't intend to. We must keep developing this car, as this same platform will continue into 2015."
Force India's highest end-of-season classification is sixth, achieved during the 2011 and 2013 seasons.