2012 F1 season
Force India will benefit from a new investment programme according to owner Vijay Mallya.
“We had a board meeting in India after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the board has approved a £50 million capital investment programme for the team,” said Mallya.
“We are going to invest heavily in new technology and give more tools to our design team to try and move further up the grid.”
Mallya has been the focus of considerable attention due to financial problems elsewhere in his business empire this year. But as far as his F1 team is concerned he believes that “given the tools that we have, which are mostly of the Jordan era, we have done exceptionally well”.
“Looking back at the season so far, we have every reason to feel proud. We’ve scored more points than in any previous season and every year we’ve demonstrated that we’ve gone up the ladder. And we’ve taken fairly significant steps, not just baby steps.”
Paul di Resta also drew positives from the season so far: “I think as a whole it has been a good year.”
“For me the stand-out races are Bahrain and Singapore – races where everything came together. The second half of the season has been more mixed. When you look at the results on paper, it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story.
“For various reasons some good results slipped away from us and we’ve had issues that held us back while we tried to understand them. The last race in Austin was looking very positive to begin with, but after my pit stop I just could not get the tyres to work, so I’m hoping that the conditions in Brazil will suit me better.”
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