Force India still hoping for podium finish

Force India still hoping for podium finish

21 August 2017 – Force India still harbours hopes of a podium finish during the 2017 season and is "ready to take" any opportunity, says team boss Vijay Mallya.

Force India has featured on the podium at least once in each of the past three seasons, grabbing a rostrum result in 2014 and 2015, and two in 2016, all with Sergio Pérez.

Canada and Azerbaijan provided clear chances to add further podium finishes, only for Pérez and new team-mate Esteban Ocon to come to blows.

Pérez's refusal to move over for Ocon in Montréal led to Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel jumping them both for third, before the pair dramatically clashed in Baku.

But as Formula 1 reconvenes in Belgium, following the summer break, Mallya is hopeful that Force India will get more podium opportunities, and in future take full advantage.

"We've still got our sights on the podium for this year and if the opportunity arises I believe we are ready to take it," said Mallya, having reminded his drivers of their responsibilities.

He added: "We're feeling upbeat about the remaining nine races.

"Along with Spa, there are some other tracks coming up that should allow us to show the speed of the VJM10.

"We are pushing hard with the development of this car and there are some further steps we will introduce over the next few events.

"Our consistency has been our strength this year; we've scored points in 10 of the 11 races so far and had double points finishes in nine of those races.

"I'm proud of the team for this achievement and it shows that all our hard work is paying off."

Force India holds a solid fourth in the standings, 60 points clear of Williams.

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