Force India team boss Vijay Mallya insists that his team will be 'giving it everything' in the final two races of the F1 season in an attempt to secure eighth place in the constructors' championship.
The Silverstone-based outfit goes into the final two races of the year in Brazil and Abu Dhabi lying ninth in the standings, with BMW Sauber eleven points ahead in eighth.
Recent races – Singapore aside - have seen Force India enjoy a notable improvement in performance, although the team was unable to add to its point tally in Japan following a qualifying penalty and then an on-track incident for Adrian Sutil.
Despite the disappointment of failing to score at Suzuka, Mallya said he was hopeful of seeing both Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi fight for a place in at least Q2 and also for points in the penultimate round of the year with the team having 'nothing to lose' at it attempts to overhaul BMW in the standings.
“We expected it to be very tough in Singapore but we had high hopes for the Japanese Grand Prix,” Mallya said. “To a certain extent we got there as we qualified well, ran towards the front of the field and raced with larger teams. However of course we missed out on points again so ultimately it was frustrating we could not capitalise on this. Based on this form I am however very optimistic we can make up ground in Brazil. Adrian and Tonio both know the track and the car is at its peak so I'm confident we should again be Q2 or higher and again racing for the points.
“We will be giving it everything we have. Brazil should suit us, our car has performed well on tracks with a similar configuration, and now we've got the taste for points we want to get some more. BMW are 11 points ahead of us in the constructors' championship so if Tonio and Adrian push hard we could at least close that gap. It's going to be difficult but we have everything to gain and nothing to lose by making this our aim.”
Sutil agreed with his team chief that Japan had been something of an opportunity lost, and said he was confident heading to Brazil.
“Japan was a bit of a missed opportunity so I'm definitely looking forward to getting to Brazil,” he said. “Interlagos is a great track, not that long, but with a lot of camber and undulation that makes it a bit like a rollercoaster - particularly with the bumps. There's a twisty section and then that long, uphill straight that needs a set-up somewhere between Spain and Belgium so there's a chance we could perform well there. I'm feeling confident about going well there.”