Mallya sure SFI can remain fourth fastest
18 October 2017 – Force India boss Vijay Mallya has expressed confidence that his team can remain fourth fastest across the remainder of the campaign, having made a "big statement" at the previous event in Japan.
Force India has built a comfortable buffer over its midfield opponents in the standings, having amassed 147 points to Williams' 66, scoring points with both cars in all but three Grands Prix.
At the most recent round at Suzuka, Esteban Ocon and Sergio Pérez once again eclipsed Force India's rivals, placing sixth and seventh, with a healthy margin to the chasing pack.
Mallya praised the progress made by his squad and sees no reason why Force India cannot remain the fourth-fastest outfit through to the end of the campaign.
"The last few races have seen us take some significant steps forward with the performance of the VJM10," said Mallya, ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix.
"In Malaysia and Japan, we were the fourth fastest team and I'm confident we can remain there for the upcoming races.
"In Japan, for example, we finished over 20 seconds clear of the eighth-placed car, which is a big statement on such a technical track.
"It's thanks to all the hard work in the wind tunnel, the factory, and trackside that we are sitting in a very strong fourth place in the championship with an 81-point advantage over fifth place.
"The next race in Austin will be another opportunity to score well and consolidate our position."