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Mallya: I'm proud of my team

Force India F1 chairman and team boss Dr Vijay Mallya can't wait for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Although the Silverstone-based outfit has still to score, Mallya was delighted with the way the new upgrades worked last time out and following a promising double top-twelfth finish at Valencia is eager to see what Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella can achieve this Sunday.

"I was really happy with the entire weekend performance from the team in Valencia, right through from practice," Mallya stated in the countdown to round twelve in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship.

"Going into the weekend we anticipated a step forward of over half a second with the new aero package, but you never know what the other teams will be bringing with them and how our performance will translate.

"I think we can all be very proud of the progress we made. From the off we were quick and we really achieved the maximum we could do. Two top 12 finishes might seem frustrating as we're still outside the points, but when you look at the people in front of us and then behind we can't be disappointed at all.

"I don't think I've looked forward to a race quite as much as I am looking forward to Spa!"

Force India F1's chief engineer, Dominic Harlow, meanwhile believes that the 7 kilometre circuit will suit the team's car, although as ever with Spa, he also appreciates the weather could play a major role in determining the outcome of this grand prix.

"Spa is a classic circuit and motorsport in its purest form. The Spa-Francorchamps track incorporates three of the most challenging high speed corners on the calendar and these combine with nearly 7km of flowing corners and elevation change starting at the first gear La Source hairpin and ending at the new Bus Stop chicane," he added.

"One thing we can be sure of is that it will almost certainly be wet at some stage, although the race is slightly earlier this year so not in the wetter conditions of autumn.

"This race will see the introduction of a lower downforce rear wing that will allow speeds of up to 330km/h. With these long straights the engine is given its toughest work out of the year in terms of inertial loading in Spa and so we will carefully manage the use of our Mercedes Benz engines.

"The team has a good history at this event though and it should suit the VJM02 technical package well."



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XaVIER - Unregistered

August 27, 2009 4:19 PM

All I know is that FI has improved more than any other team since last year in terms of pace and results ... especially in qualifying. I mean C'mon .. he ain't even showin' off or "blah-blah/ing" He's just showin' that he is happy with is team than he was last year. And if ur not done with dat .. then i got 2 words for ya ... S--K IT !!!!!!!!!!!!! --- he he

max - Unregistered

August 27, 2009 3:39 PM

Force India had at least 2 potential points scoring positions which they might have converted. Ok, the jury's out on Monaco on sutil passing under yellow flags. Vijay did not bitch about it, and & quietly been pouring money in to help stabilise a team that was in disarray since the russian/midland days. I would not say that he's a fantastic team principal, but he's made it as a billionaire & he's not abandoned his team and he's not recklessly hiring any indian or pay drivers. You don't get to be in his position in life by just being "all talk". Instead of telling him to go back to India, perhaps you can explain why a guy mouthing off about a team boss in a forum isn't all talk instead. :)



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