2011 F1 season
Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said the team’s recent performance has been “quite remarkable, and quite satisfying”.
Mallya said: “We had a slow start to the season, because I think the first few flyaway races were just an extension of our development programme.
“But once we got going from the European season onwards, particularly from Monaco, we’ve improved almost every race.
“These last few races, where we have qualified in Q3, say it all. To be in the top ten in such a fiercely competitive field is quite remarkable, and quite satisfying.”
Mallya described Di Resta’s career-best finish in Hungary as “A great booster for his confidence, obviously.
“He’s been seeing Adrian score points while he’s been having a bit of bad luck. As team principal I want to see both cars come in the points.”
Force India took a shock pole position at the next venue on the calendar – Spa-Francorchamps – in 2009. Mallya said this year’s car has more well-rounded performance than the VJM02: “It was an absolutely fantastic moment to see the car in pole position in 2009 and Giancarlo Fisichella on the podium.
“But that car could only go very fast in a straight line, and pretty much didn’t do very much else! Now it’s doing everything that’s asked of it, irrespective of the track. I think that’s a better position to be in.
“The car is going to be quick, I think. If you look at the sector maximum speeds in the race in Hungary, in sector one Adrian was the quickest, and in sector three, Paul was the quickest. So this car has pace.
“But it also has good downforce to handle the corners as well. I’ll be looking forward to Spa, and hopefully a strong showing.”
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