Force India: McLaren not yet out of reach

By on Monday, September 30, 2013

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Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says that his team will not give up in the fight for fifth place in the Constructors' Championship.

Force India is currently 14 points behind McLaren, with six races remaining in 2013.

The first of those six races takes place in Korea this weekend.

"The objective has not changed," said Mallya regarding Force India's plan for the last part of the year.

"McLaren have a points lead over us, but they are not totally out of reach. As I’ve said before, turning on the tyres is paramount and we are working hard to achieve this. There are a lot of points on offer and we need to try and regain the performance level we showed in the first part of the season."

Race drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil believe that understanding the tyres will be crucial at this weekend's Korean Grand Prix.

"It’s an unusual track, but definitely a place that I enjoy driving," said di Resta.

"The three sectors are all very different with long straights linked by hairpins, some high-speed corners and a slower technical part of the lap. The tyre choices are the same as in Singapore so it will be interesting to see how they perform."

"We’ve always gone well on the supersofts, but struggled more on the medium compound so hopefully we can switch it on this weekend."

"I quite like the track and I'm looking forward to it," added Sutil.

"I haven't been so successful there yet, but I want to make up for that this year. The circuit has a nice layout and a nice flow in the second part of the lap with some high-speed corners. Let's see how the supersoft performs because the corners are very hard on the tyres. That could open up some interesting strategies."

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