Mallya: Fourth place not out of reach
18 August 2014 – Force India Team Principal Vijay Mallya is sure that his squad can fight for fourth place in the Constructors' championship as the Formula 1 season continues in Belgium this weekend.
Mallya's outfit started the year by finishing in the points for 10 successive races but neither Nico Hülkenberg nor Sergio Pérez were able to extend that run as both crashed out in Hungary.
As a result, Force India is currently in fifth place in the championship, 37 points behind fourth-placed Williams but just a solitary point ahead of McLaren.
"Until Hungary we had scored points in every race, so I guess we were due to have an unlucky weekend at some stage," he said. "I just hope that's our bad luck over and done with. At the same time there was a huge opportunity to come away with some significant points so it was a missed opportunity. Both drivers came to me and apologised.
"I'm pleased we went into the summer break in fifth place. I think it's where we deserve to be at this stage of the season. Fourth place is not out of reach either with 38 points covering fourth to sixth place."
Mallya believes that the final round of the year in Abu Dhabi, which counts for double points, could prove to be the deciding factor, but reckons Force India has an opportunity at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.
"One race can make all the difference, and the last race, with double points, could prove to be decisive," he said.
"So we'll just keep our heads down and focus on every single race and take it as it comes. I'm proud of where we are today and I feel there will be some big opportunities in the final eight races for us to show our potential.
"Spa is a high-speed track so it's an opportunity for the Mercedes-engined teams, but equally there are other tracks we are looking forward to, such as Singapore."