The Force India team heads to the Turkish Grand Prix in buoyant mood following its double points finish at last week's Monaco Grand Prix, and aims to build on its strong start to the season at another circuit where it has yet to register a scoring finish.
The Silverstone-based team only opened its F1 account with Giancarlo Fisichella's stunning second place at Spa-Francorchamps last season, but has become a regular fixture in the points since then, delighting owner Vijay Mallya. When Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi brought their VJM03 cars home in eighth and ninth places in Monaco, it marked another milestone and took the team's tally for 2010 to 30 points.
"Six times in the top ten since the start of the season, and two cars in the points for the first time ever, it's a great result for the team," the Indian said, "And to do so in Monaco, which is such a challenging race, is really a good marker of how far we've come in a season.
"We're a solid sixth place now in the championship, 30 points up, whereas last year we were points-free until Belgium. We've still got a long way to go until Abu Dhabi but, at this point, we can be really pleased about where we are. Every race we go to, we set ourselves very high expectations and, so far, we've generally met them."
With Turkey signalling the return to a flowing layout, Force India is looking forward to continuing the good form it showed on similar circuits in the earlier part of the year, although Mallya insists that it has nothing to fear from any stop on the schedule.
"We're a lot more consistent over all types of tracks this year and have no real concerns or fears about any type of configuration or corner," he claimed, "Secondly, our development programme is very targeted and structured and the gains we see in the tunnel are replicated out on track. Thirdly, we have a very tight-knit, well-organised team that seems very stable now so we can just concentrate on the job in hand. I would say that this year we've really established our credentials as a top five team, which has made a huge difference to how everyone approaches the job in hand.
"Off the back of the Monaco result, both Adrian and Tonio are very positive about Turkey. Tonio, in particular, needed the result in Monaco as, after a couple of difficult weekends, his confidence had taken a bit of a knock. But he came back really strongly and got some more points on board, which is exactly what he - and the team - needs right now.
"We also have some new upgrades coming for Turkey so, with the result of Monaco and these developments, I would like to see a similar level of performance and, ultimately, results."