Force India: One podium could decide 6th

By on Monday, October 1, 2012

Photo Credit: Sahara Force India

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya believes that attaining a podium in the final six races of the season could be decisive in the team's battle with Sauber in the championship.

The Swiss team has claimed three podiums this season, while Force India has yet to reach the rostrum since Giancarlo Fisichella finished second in the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.

"Hopefully it [luck] will come to us one day, because we’ve shown the pace of the car. This is the second time we’ve finished fourth in the last three races, so we’re becoming the bridesmaid a bit too often! Paul drove fantastically well and we earned 12 points. It’s not bad to be sitting at this stage of the season with 75 points in total – we’ve come a long way", said Mallya ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

"I still remember the situation in 2010 when Williams pipped us by one point at the last race, so I guess it’s not over until it’s over! I’m still hoping that we can do it and one strong podium finish could help to wipe out Sauber’s advantage. It all depends how strong our rivals are in the final six races, but we certainly have some momentum", he added.

Paul di Resta says he is looking forward to racing at Suzuka, but urged caution at a track dependant on a good car.

"It’s a track that’s all about aero so it’s a real test of your car. I also found it very technical with corners like the ‘S' curves where you need a good change of direction", he said. "Finding the sweet spot isn’t easy because half the track is made up of straights so you need efficiency as well as downforce for the high-speed corners. Tyre degradation is also high so a neutral car is what you need during the race"

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg though is confident that the Silverstone based team can improve further.

"I’m feeling positive and we have generated some good momentum within the team recently so I want to keep that going. The goal is to keep getting consistent results in the points"

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