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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mallya: Perez not a pay driver, it's against my philosophy

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya has dismissed speculation that new signing Sergio Perez is a pay driver. Perez will race for the Silverstone based team into 2014 after being axed by McLaren after a solitary season, but Mallya has rejected suggestions that he signed the Mexican due to his backing. "Mexico, Latin America - that part of the world was totally closed for us: we don’t do business in that part of the world, we had no connection to that part of the world. It’s […]

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Force India confirms Sergio Perez on multi-year deal

Force India has confirmed that Sergio Perez will race for them in 2014 after signing a 'multi-year deal' with the team. Perez, 23, who will race alongside Nico Hulkenberg, was unveiled at the Mexican consul in London on Thursday. Perez made his Formula 1 debut in 2011 and raced for Sauber until his switch to McLaren for 2013. Feature: Force India gives Perez a second chance His stint at McLaren lasted just a single year, having finished 11th in the championship, with 49 points. "It’s […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hulkenberg returns to Force India in 'multi-year deal'

Force India has confirmed that former driver Nico Hulkenberg will return to the team for the 2014 season. His team-mate will be announced in due course.

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Force India: No room for complacency

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has urged his squad not to get complacent despite a 24 point buffer to Sauber in the fight for sixth place in the championship. Mallya is hoping that wet weather this weekend in Brazil could aid his team in pulling off a strong result. Last season, Nico Hulkenberg led the Brazilian Grand Prix and finished the race in fifth place for the team. "It was important that we secured such strong results in India and Abu Dhabi," he said. […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mallya: India an economy F1 can't ignore

Sahara Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says that Formula 1 cannot ignore the potential that India has to offer. India joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2011 but there will not be a race at the Buddh International Circuit in 2014. Officials at the circuit have stressed that the event will return to Formula 1 in early 2015. "India is an economy that cannot be ignored," says Mallya. "This country has enormous potential, not just for Sahara Force India, but in terms of all the […]

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

Force India wary of growing Sauber threat

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says he is keeping an eye on the growing threat posed by Sauber in the Constructors' championship. Force India had hoped to beat McLaren to fifth place in the championship but are now focused on ensuring that they do not lose sixth place to Sauber. Force India is 17 points ahead of Sauber but have taken just the one point, compared to the Swiss team's 38. "Sauber have been doing a very good job lately," said Mallya. "They are the […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Force India won't rush 2014 driver decision

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says that there is no rush for the team to decide on their 2014 driver line-up. Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil have raced for the team this season but Force India has only once retained a driver line-up in two successive seasons. Di Resta has raced for the team since the start of 2011, while Sutil returned to Force India this season after spending 2012 out of Formula 1. GP2 racer James Calado is currently the team's reserve driver. […]

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013

Force India: McLaren not yet out of reach

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says that his team will not give up in the fight for fifth place in the Constructors' Championship. Force India is currently 14 points behind McLaren, with six races remaining in 2013. The first of those six races takes place in Korea this weekend. "The objective has not changed," said Mallya regarding Force India's plan for the last part of the year. "McLaren have a points lead over us, but they are not totally out of reach. As I’ve said […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Force India 'just too slow' - Sutil

Adrian Sutil says that Force India is simply too slow to compete for the top 10 in Singapore. Sutil made it through to Q3 on his last appearance at Marina Bay in 2011 but could manage only fifteenth place on Saturday evening. "P15 is disappointing because it’s some way off where we were aiming to be," said Sutil. "We are just too slow to fight for the top ten at the moment and everyone is working hard to try and understand where we are losing […]

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013

Mallya says Force India can still catch McLaren

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. F1Zone Interview: Force India's Otmar Szafnauer 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 […]

Posted on Monday, September 2, 2013

Calado joins Force India as reserve driver

British driver James Calado has joined Force India as their reserve driver. Calado, 24, is currently in fifth place in this season's GP2 championship and recently won the sprint race in Belgium. Calado also drove for Force India during the young drivers test at Silverstone. He will continue to race in GP2 and will also drive in first practice for Force India in Italy. "I’m pleased to confirm that we’ve signed James as our third driver," said team principal Vijay Mallya. "We worked with him […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Force India confident about return to form at Spa

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says he is confident that his squad can return to form after a pair of non-scoring races in Germany and Hungary. Mallya emphasised that his Force India team can get on top of the tyres at a traditionally strong track for them in Belgium. "Tyres have played a very important role this year from race one onwards," said Mallya. "We were on top of the tyre game up until Silverstone and then in Germany and Hungary we have struggled […]