Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says he is keeping an eye on the growing threat posed by Sauber in the Constructors’ championship.
Force India had hoped to beat McLaren to fifth place in the championship but are now focused on ensuring that they do not lose sixth place to Sauber.
Force India is 17 points ahead of Sauber but have taken just the one point, compared to the Swiss team’s 38.
“Sauber have been doing a very good job lately,” said Mallya.
“They are the in-form team at the moment and they have been taking all the opportunities that were presented to them. It’s going to be a real fight in these last four races: we need to make a step forward to hold them off, because they can qualify well and they have strong race pace as well.”
Mallya insists that the team remains focused on redressing the problems with the VJM06.
“The races after the summer break haven’t been very positive in terms of scoring points, but the morale in the team remains strong.”
“Korea and Japan were not the easiest of weekends, but everyone in the team is working really hard to recapture our early form. It’s all a matter of finding the right balance with the car – when we do that, we will be back in the points.”
Although Force India is based at Silverstone, Mallya regards the Indian Grand Prix as the team’s home race and he hopes that they can return to the top 10.
“Our home race is always a very proud weekend for everyone in the team: the atmosphere at the track is incredible and we always enjoy plenty of support.”
“The track itself is one of the best in the world. It’s also a good one for us – in the last two years we scored points in both races, so a similar result would be a good target for the team.”