Robert Fernley, Vijay Mallya, Force India, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

Force India has “recaptured form” – Mallya

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Robert Fernley, Vijay Mallya, Force India, Buddh International Circuit, 2013Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says his team has recaptured its early-season form at a critical stage in the championship.

Mallya’s team has suffered a points drought in the second half of the season which coincided with the mid-season alterations to the tyres. They had come under increased pressure from Sauber for sixth place in the constructors’ championship but have pulled away after out-scoring their rivals in the last two rounds.

“I’m very pleased with the last couple of races,” Mallya declared. “As in the first part of the season, we?ve recaptured our form and maximised car performance.”

“We?ve managed the last two races very well and taken a different approach with the strategy. In Abu Dhabi we were the only team to achieve a one-stop race with both cars, which was a bold decision. We managed to pull off the perfect strategy and picked up the rewards.”

Force India now hold a 32-point lead over Sauber with two races remaining. “We?re certainly in better shape, but will never take anything for granted,” said Mallya.

“We?ve scored 15 points in two races and we now have some breathing space behind us. But we won?t change our approach heading to Austin. We will go there focussed on closing the gap to fifth place, which is just 18 points.”

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