Mallya says Force India can still catch McLaren

By on Monday, September 16, 2013
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says McLaren remain in sight in their battle for fifth place in the Constructors' Championship.

Force India led McLaren for most of the first part of the season, but are now five points behind their rivals.

But Mallya remains confident that his team can beat their rivals.

"It is going to be a close fight, but the good news is that McLaren still aren’t that far ahead," said Mallya.

"They only scored one point in Monza, so they are definitely catchable. We need to perform better ourselves, that’s very clear. We’re working hard to find more performance, but at the same time we’ve made it quite clear that we will not compromise next year’s programme. It’s always a balancing act, but we know what we need to do."

"Points must be the target for this weekend to keep up our momentum in the championship fight."

Paul di Resta believes that repeating his career best fourth place from last year's race will be difficult.

"Given our form lately it’s difficult to know what to expect. It’s a track I enjoy, a great venue and we had a great result there last year with fourth place. It would be great to try and repeat that, but it’s going to be tough given how competitive the grid is at the moment," he said.

"There’s no doubt that the tyre change had an impact on things. Plus, a lot of the teams have caught up with us for whatever reason, whether it’s updates or the nature of the tracks. All we can do is keep working away to try and find some more performance. Everybody is giving 100% because we know things can change around quickly in this sport."

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