Force India: Monaco can be turning point

By on Monday, June 6, 2016
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Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says the outfit's result at the Monaco Grand Prix can act as a turning point for the remainder of the year, after Sergio Perez secured a podium finish.

Perez progressed throughout the race to take third place which, allied to sixth for Nico Hulkenberg, lifted Force India to fifth in the standings following a tricky start to the year.

Mallya is confident that Force India can build on Perez's podium finish when the sport moves to Canada this weekend.

"Monaco was a very significant weekend for us," Mallya explained.

"It’s one of the most famous races in the world and I felt incredibly proud to see Checo standing on the podium. It’s a memory that will stay with me forever.

"It was a brilliant team effort and a much deserved reward for all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes to keep pushing us forward.

"There was some late drama too with Nico snatching sixth place on the line in a race where the strategy didn’t allow him to show his true potential.

"The Monaco performance means we come to Canada full of confidence. The 23 points we claimed in Monaco lifted us to fifth place in the championship.

"I’ve been saying all season that our luck needs to change and I hope that Monaco represents a turning point. We now have some momentum and I believe we can push on and keep racking up the points in the races to come.

"Montreal should play to our strengths and I’m feeling optimistic that we can get both cars well inside the top ten in qualifying and the race."

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