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Q&A: Vijay Mallya (Sahara Force India)

Sahara Force India team owner Vijay Mallya was delighted to see both of his cars back in the points at the Belgian Grand Prix, particularly with Nico Hulkenberg claiming a career-best fourth overall.

The team delivered a big result in Spa with fourth place for Nico – what was your verdict on that performance?

Vijay Mallya:
I think it was probably our most competitive showing of the year in terms of race pace. Nico ended the race just a couple of seconds behind Raikkonen and came very close to the podium. In terms of strategy, the pit wall called things perfectly and Nico did the rest by racing hard and making no mistakes.

Paul was also in the top ten, bringing the team 13 points and moving the team ahead of Williams…

Vijay Mallya:
Spa was the fourth race this year when we've had two cars finish in the points. I've been saying this is what we need to do if we want to catch Sauber and recapture our sixth place finish in the championship. If Paul had not suffered with the KERS issue, I'm convinced we would have come away from Spa with even more points.

How tough is the fight in the midfield at the moment?

Vijay Mallya:
I remember this time last year saying that it was the most competitive season ever in the midfield – but this year has surpassed even that. Sauber and Williams have been on the podium and will continue to be strong in the remaining races. But, at the same time, I believe we have the car and the team to beat them. I also remember last year we performed better in the second half of the season so I'm optimistic for the remaining races.

Can the team carry the momentum into the Monza weekend?

Vijay Mallya:
We need to. The car was working well in Spa and looked competitive on the straights so I'm hopeful we can carry this over to Monza where we run with even less downforce.

Related Pictures

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02.09.2012- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
02.09.2012- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 leads Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05
29.07.2012- Race, Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India
Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
Emanuele Pirro (ITA) Fia delegate with Andrè Lotterer (GER) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-29
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05
Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-29
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Ela Campaign, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Andrè Lotterer (GER) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB10
Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
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Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05

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