Force India aiming for preservation until Austria

By on Monday, May 4, 2015
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says the aim of his squad is to remain within touching distance of its midfield rivals until its B-spec car is ready for the Austrian Grand Prix next month.

Mallya's squad is currently eighth in the teams' championship but is just a solitary point behind Toro Rosso and Lotus, with Red Bull and Sauber only a handful of points further ahead.

"It’s fair to say that we’ve had mixed fortunes during the opening four races," said Mallya ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

"On the positive side, we’ve scored points in half the races and I’ve been impressed by the fighting spirit of the team. On the other hand, we know the VJM08 is not where we want it to be and that we need to work hard to unlock more of its potential.

"It’s still early days in the season, but it’s worth noting how closely-matched the midfield teams remain. There are times when we see up to ten cars within half a second of each other, which means that any improvements we can bring to the car will have a big impact on our results.

"Our pace has been improving with each race, but we will need to wait a little longer before we can make a big step. I’m optimistic about the updates we have planned and we are working hard to get them to the track as soon as possible.

"The priority over the next few races is to stay in touch with the teams around us. As it stands, fourth place in the championship is just 12 points ahead of us, so we need to keep fighting hard and picking up points when we can."

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