Force India targeting consistency with speed

By on Monday, May 20, 2013

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Force India team principal Vijay Mallya admits that his team needs to find consistency to build on a positive start to the 2013 season.

The Silverstone based squad sits in fifth place in the championship, but Adrian Sutil has not scored a point since the opening round in Australia.

Both cars were affected by wheel nut errors in Malaysia, while Sutil suffered a delay of a minute in the pits in Spain.

The German was also hit by rivals in China and Bahrain.

"We’ve scored points [in Monaco] for the last three seasons and will be aiming to do the same this year," said Mallya.

"With a little help from Lady Luck, who hasn’t been much on Sutil’s side lately, we will be able to score points with both cars and firmly establish our position in the championship. So far our weakness has been failing to get both cars home in the points and it’s something we need to remedy," he added.

"In the cockpit he’s doing exactly what we expect and that’s why we put him in the car. With 14 races remaining there is plenty of opportunity for Adrian to get the results he deserves."

Despite his misfortune, Sutil believes that the podium is within reach.

"Most of the things that happened were out of my control, but still I believe we can improve certain things to avoid mistakes in the future," he said.

"We as a team have to stay confident and work on solving these small problems. The car is fast and if we have a perfect weekend, which is our aim all the time, I’m sure the podium will come soon."

Paul di Resta, who sits in eighth place in the championship, believes the team is doing a superb job to be beating their midfield rivals.

"McLaren is a strong team and they will keep improving, but in the races so far we have been fighting them and we’ve often been quicker," he said.

"Realistically, though, we are doing a great job regularly beating our direct rivals – Sauber, Williams and Toro Rosso. Our strength has been our consistency – we have been performing well in each of the races so far, and we are now looking forward to the Sundays with confidence."

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