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Mallya not expecting 2009 repeat

Force India plays down hopes of repeating 2009 success at Spa
Force India team boss Vijay Mallya insists that he doesn't expect a repeat of last season when the 2010 F1 campaign resumes at Spa this weekend.

The Belgian Grand Prix last year proved to be the catalyst for a strong end to the year for the Silverstone-based team as Giancarlo Fisichella qualified on pole and finished second, before Adrian Sutil secured his best F1 finish in the following race at Monza.

However, Mallya warned that he wasn't pinning his hopes on Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi replicating that form this time around with the field having improved over the course of the past twelve months.

“Everyone in the team is looking forward to this second part of the season,” he said. “We had a couple of weeks off over the shutdown period and we've all come back refreshed, strong and optimistic. We are currently sixth in the championship and we've got to make sure that we hang on to it by optimising everything we can. And Spa is a great track to start on a roll.

“We have a good car in low downforce trim, which counts at a track like Spa and Monza. We also have a new rear wing package to use this race in conjunction with the F-duct, which is working very well. Additionally we will be using the new blown floor on both cars on Friday. We tried it in Hungary, and we hope to actually race it in Spa if the information we gather shows as much of an improvement as it did there.

“All the same, we're not pinning all our hopes on Spa and Monza. It's going to be tough to replicate the kind of form we showed in Spa last year: everybody's improved, the competition is fierce and also very even in the midfield - the gaps between teams is so small now. We have also shown that we have been regularly able to score points on virtually all the tracks, not just the low downforce ones - apart from the last two races, which were unlucky in various regards, we've been in the points at a variety of track configurations.

“We also still have some updates coming for the rest of the season so it's going to be pushing all the way, right through to Abu Dhabi. We've got the opportunity to achieve our best finish in the championship in many years and it's not something I'm going to let go lightly.”



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