Mallya: Force India 'hanging on' in McLaren fight

By on Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says his squad is 'hanging on' in the battle for fifth place in the Constructors' championship with McLaren.

The two teams have been embroiled in a scrap for fifth for much of the campaign, with Force India currently holding a slender one point advantage over their rivals with four rounds remaining.

"We are hanging on in there and we know we face a big task in the final four races to maintain this advantage," he said.

"We are certainly motivated and will do all we can to add performance to the car and score points. In Formula One, anything can happen – we’ve seen it over and over again – and with double points on offer in Abu Dhabi there is all to play for."

Sergio Perez says every driver will start from zero in Sochi this weekend.

"The location of the track inside the Olympic park is very unusual," he said. "From the photographs I’ve seen it looks to be a very impressive facility. There are some long straights, some tight corners, and I think it will feel like a street circuit because the walls are close to the track in a lot of areas.

"To prepare for a new track I normally walk the track and cycle it a few times. Normally you need about 10 laps before you can really start doing performance runs. Nobody knows the track so it will be the same situation for all of us. We all start from zero."

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