Paul di Resta, Force India, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Mallya not taking sixth for granted

2011 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Paul di Resta, Force India, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Paul di Resta, Force India, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya is wary of an eleventh-hour setback in the team’s pursuit of sixth in the championship.

The team is 15 points ahead of Sauber and 16 ahead of Toro Rosso heading into the final race of the season.

Sixth in the championship would be the best result for the team since it became Force India but Mallya says he isn’t celebrating yet: “Absolutely not!

“I still remember what happened last year when we missed out on sixth place by just one point. We certainly head to Brazil in a very strong position, but I’ve learned that you should never take anything for granted.”

Mallya is hopeful of a repeat of the team’s Abu Dhabi form, where both drivers qualified and finished inside the top ten: “We needed to get two cars in the points and beat our direct competitors to get some breathing space in the championship, and that?s exactly what we did.

“There were some performance upgrades for the car, which worked well, and the drivers did the rest. In the race we split the strategies to cover all the options and we came away with our third double points finish of the season.”

Mallya described 2011 as the team’s “most complete season yet”:

“We?ve developed a car that has been strong in all areas and we?ve given some of the bigger teams a run for their money. I?m proud of what we have achieved, which is a testament to the dedication and commitment of all the team members.

“If we can secure sixth in the championship this weekend, it will be a key milestone in the history of this team because the competitiveness of the Formula 1 grid is as intense as I can remember.”

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