Force India 'quietly confident' after tests
7 March 2014 – Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says he has reason to feel "quietly confident" ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 campaign, after his outfit experienced an encouraging pre-season testing phase.
The Silverstone-based squad, represented by Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez this season, set the pace on the opening two days of the final Bahrain gathering, and trailed only Williams on the mileage charts.
With a selection of rivals still struggling for reliability, Mallya reckons Force India is in a good position.
"It was certainly a good week in terms of mileage because we completed the second highest number of laps of all the teams," said Mallya. "So we can be satisfied with the amount and quality of the work we carried out.
"We've learned a lot of things – by no means everything – and I think we can feel quietly confident."
Mallya added that it is difficult to make detailed predictions, but he feels the uncertainty is good for the sport.
"It's never easy to make predictions and this year there are so many more unknowns than usual," he said.
"I think we can arrive in Melbourne feeling happy about the work we've done this winter. How that will translate to a race weekend is hard to say, but I think it's important that an element of unpredictability has returned.
"There is plenty of interest around Formula 1 at the moment and that's a good thing."