Mallya hoping to build on 'dream' start

By on Monday, April 14, 2014
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Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says his team can build on their 'dream' start to the 2014 season.

Force India is currently in second place in the constructors' championship after they collected their first podium since 2009 at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

"We're second in the constructors' championship, which feels pretty special," he said. "I know we’ve only had three races, but nevertheless it's good to be up there. 44 points out of three races, it's the dream start we were hoping for."

"I think we’ve shown in the first few races that we have produced a competitive car.

"Bahrain was not just a one-off and we’ve been improving with each race. In Australia we were sixth, in Malaysia fifth and then third and fifth in Bahrain. As I’ve said, it’s our best ever start to a season, which always gives me a great sense of satisfaction, but we won’t sit back; we are always trying to improve.

"The aim is to repeat the podium, but each race is different and the field is so competitive that it’s impossible to predict. Some tracks will suit us more than others but I want to see us up there fighting towards the front."

Mallya added that he was proud with the way that race drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez conducted themselves in Bahrain.

"They both raced hard, but fair," he said. "In the final part of the race we saw great teamwork as Nico held back the charging Red Bulls who had the advantage of soft tyres. [Daniel] Ricciardo did eventually get ahead, but Nico helped Checo escape up the road and build a gap. So I was very proud of my drivers; they were outstanding in the race. They both deserved a podium, but in the end it went to Checo. After the tough weekend he had in Malaysia, it’s a great morale boost for him."

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