Force India showed a strong form at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend where the squad scored 22 points as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez raced to fourth and fifth places. It was one of the best results in the team’s history at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Team Principal, Vijay Mallya is confident the team can keep up the momentum at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, targeting even more points than at the previous round.
“Spa has always been a special place for us - we scored our very first points and podium there in 2009, and this year’s race didn’t disappoint us either. We were strong from the first practice session through to Sunday afternoon thanks to an excellent all-round team performance. We could have been on the podium had some circumstances played out differently, but when you earn 22 points in one race weekend there is no reason to complain at all.
“The Italian Grand Prix is one of the best races of the season. It has all the ingredients that make Formula One special. We saw a huge turnout of fans in Belgium last week and I’m sure the tifosi will help create a fantastic atmosphere this weekend too. Monza is a track that rewards top speed and pushes the engine to its limit. Given our competitive form in Spa, I’m confident we can keep up the momentum this weekend.”
Force India has scored 89 points since Monaco and is sitting now in fourth in the constructors’ championship.
“We need to keep working hard because every race between now and the end of the year will be crucial. To be fourth in the championship is a fantastic feeling for the team, but it will mean nothing unless we are in this position after Abu Dhabi. The battle in the midfield is getting closer: the gaps are getting smaller and the margins of error disappearing. We know some tracks will work really well for us and we will keep pushing hard all the way.”