Force India: Fifth remains the target

By on Monday, May 23, 2016
Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09. Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday 17th May 2016. Barcelona, Spain.

Sahara Force India

Force India boss Vijay Mallya maintains that the outfit can still achieve its goal of securing fifth place in the Constructors' championship for a second successive season.

Force India has had a mixed opening part to the 2016 campaign and occupies seventh overall, having amassed 14 points from the first five races.

It leaves the Silverstone-based team 12 points behind Toro Rosso, which has claimed an early advantage in the scrap behind the leading four operations.

"It’s still the target and we are only 12 points away from fifth place in the championship," said Mallya when asked if the aim was still realistic.

"We’ve not enjoyed an easy start to the season with our fair share of bad luck, but with three quarters of the season to go we have plenty of time to catch the teams ahead of us."

Mallya added that Force India was upbeat over the upgrade package which made its debut at the most recent event in Spain.

"We certainly took encouragement from our performance in qualifying and the race," he said.

"It’s not easy to introduce a new aerodynamic package during a race weekend, but the team did an excellent job of installing and understanding the new components.

"We could see the benefits straight away in the data and from the drivers’ feedback. Barcelona has never been our strongest track, so to come away with six points means we can feel optimistic for the upcoming races."

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