Mallya: Fifth not yet out of reach

By on Monday, October 27, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Vijay Mallya insists that fifth place in the Constructors' Championship is not yet out of reach, despite rivals McLaren enjoying an upturn in form.

Mallya's squad has been embroiled in a battle for the position for much of the year but McLaren pulled 20 points ahead in Russia after Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen managed fourth and fifth.

Sergio Perez scored a solitary point for Force India but Mallya insists that the team must not give up in pursuit of the position.

"It's been a ding-dong battle all season," he said.

"Fifth place is not that far ahead so it’s certainly not out of reach. As I said before Russia, we're not giving up, whether it's Austin, Sao Paulo, or Abu Dhabi we'll give it everything we have!

"The final races of the season traditionally can deliver surprises and we must be ready to take any opportunity that comes up."

Nico Hulkenberg, who was recently re-signed by the team for 2015, says he is optimistic about his chances this weekend in the United States Grand Prix.

"We've had good results in Austin so I am feeling upbeat about this weekend," said Hulkenberg, who was eighth in 2012 and sixth last year.

"It’s clear that some teams ahead of us have made a step forward recently, but we know that we can race well. I think it’s realistic to target points again this weekend and try to close the gap to fifth place."

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