Mallya: Drivers will have to be at their very best

By on Monday, May 19, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says that Formula 1 drivers will have to be at their very best to deal with the new cars around the streets of Monte Carlo this weekend.

The Silverstone-based squad has scored points in every race this year and Mallya remains confident that Force India can extend that run in Monaco.

"Monaco is one of the premier events of the year and hopefully we can perform well there," he said. "It’s a track where you can take nothing for granted because you have to balance speed with respect for the barriers. It will be interesting with the new cars because it is so unforgiving and the drivers will have to be at their very best."

Mallya has admitted that, despite their good form, Force India is coming under increasing pressure from leading rivals.

"It’s a given that things will always change in Formula One, especially in the first year following major rules changes," he said. "We have noticed our immediate competitors are getting stronger, but we are working hard to maintain our competitive advantage."

Force India racer Nico Hulkenberg believes that Monaco should simply be a normal race for the team.

"I think it will be a normal track for us," he said. "As far as the pecking order is concerned, it’s very tight and competitive at the moment so we need to keep working hard and keep developing."

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