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FIF1: Podiums in 2011 no pipe dream

The Force India F1 team is still on course to be challenging for podiums in two years time, according to chairman and team principal, Dr Vijay Mallya.

Force India have yet to break into the top-eight this season, however following a competitive British Grand Prix, that saw Giancarlo Fisichella race to tenth overall, just under two seconds from P8, the Silverstone-based outfit has high hopes of opening its point-scoring account this weekend at the Nurburgring.

Indeed Mallya was encouraged by the new aero package that debuted three weeks ago and with smaller modifications planned for the German Grand Prix, Fisichella and Adrian Sutil could yet spring a surprise.

"[At the start of the year] we were constrained by time in designing and building the initial version of the VJM02, and we had very little pre-season testing time. We knew we had to introduce a significant upgrade in Bahrain, then a more comprehensive upgrade at Silverstone. I think this upgrade showed that the car is now a true, strong midfield competitor," said Mallya.

"The bottom line is that we're there now, and all that I had programmed for the team in terms of gradual improvement in 2009 is happening. Given our relatively small size, this is a great achievement and we'll keep going flat out up to the mandatory August break.

"I hope that we will score some points during the remainder of this season. Otherwise I'm more than just optimistic - in fact I'm pretty confident - that from 2010 onwards we will be in the points on a regular basis.

"And that leads me to believe that my often stated objective of being on the podium in 2011 isn't a pipe dream anymore!"

So what can be expected from Force India at the 'Ring?

"As we have had a longer gap between Silverstone and Germany the team back at the factory has been working very hard on consolidating the step forward we made at the last event," Mallya continued.

"We will have a continuation of the new front wing assembly we used in Britain and a new detail on the floor.

"The upgrades at Silverstone gave us extra performance and we'd all like to convert this into a points-scoring position in Germany. Giancarlo was so close to getting them and as I've said, if we had qualified higher perhaps it could have been our race.

"I know Adrian was frustrated by the Grand Prix and, with this being his home event, he will want to put on a good show in Germany."




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Twatter - Unregistered

July 08, 2009 8:06 AM

Thats a good idea, points down to last, what about extra points for the team with the most fans waiving flags or wearing team caps......give everyone a point and it turns into a parade,but thats all Force India do parade..

Shirley Knott

July 08, 2009 12:30 AM

Yeah, I know it needs some working on to sort out the real points system, but it would (maybe) get some proper racing all the way down the grid and not just the top few places, some of the back markers work harder than the front placed drivers and get nowt for it at all..... it's all wrong..... Problem is I can see the drivers championship being awarded to a driver finishing in 18th place.



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