Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says he is pleased with the way that the 2010 F1 campaign has panned out to date for the team ahead of its home race of the season at Silverstone this weekend.
Having made good progress towards the end of 2009, Force India went into the new season keen to become regular contenders for points – and has so put at least one car in the top ten in every race bar China.
Ahead of the British Grand Prix, Mallya said he was happy to see the team meeting the objectives he had set at the start of the year and admitted that the team was preparing for its home race in better shape than it has been for a number of years.
“I've said before that the objective of 2010 was to regularly score points, and I think we're meeting that objective,” he said. “Spa and Monza are tracks that will suit the car better, and if we can get a podium, that would be the icing on the cake. But if not, at least we're demonstrating that we're scoring points. We're up to 43 now, and this team hasn't done as well in a long while.
“It's a very big weekend, and obviously Silverstone is where we really want to perform well. It's the home race for us now and there's a lot of involvement from the guys in the factory, and the whole team enjoys the race weekend. We've got a little update coming, over and above what we had in Valencia, and hopefully we can bring both cars home well into the points. Clearly this car is better than anything we've had at Silverstone in many years.”
Both Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi will seek to pick up more points from the weekend and Liuzzi admitted he was hopeful that planned improvements for the VJM03 would allow the team to keep taking the fight to its rivals.
“Some teams, including Renault, brought big updates to Valencia, but I don't think this is cause for concern as we held our own and we could have been in the points with both cars if we hadn't had the qualifying session we did,” he said. “Also I am confident in what we have coming ourselves. We have some solid updates for the British Grand Prix that will give us extra downforce in high-speed corners, which is crucial at that track.
“I really want to put on a good show in front of the factory to give them a reward for the work they've done and the trust, belief and support they have shown me.”