Force India will look to bounce back from the disappointment of the Italian Grand Prix as F1 heads to Singapore this weekend for its annual race under lights.
At the scene of one of its strongest performances of the 2009 season, the Silverstone-based team suffered a weekend to forget at Monza as it failed to score for the third time in four races – which has allowed Williams to close in in the fight for sixth in the constructors championship.
Admitting that the team can't afford to look back, Force India chief Vijay Mallya said the aim for Singapore was to get his team's campaign back on track
“We were of course all hoping to score some points in Monza, but we were very unlucky in qualifying and then the race,” he said, “yet with so much to play for in this part of the season we can't look backwards at missed opportunities: we have to look to making the most of the chances coming up.
“We've got a good package for Singapore that we have been working on back in the factory and the wind tunnel. Clearly it's a very different downforce level to what the last two circuits have needed, but we feel that we have a good compromise between speed and balance into the corners and are able to perform strongly on the high downforce tracks as well as the low.
“We certainly want to hang on to sixth in the world championship, and not let Williams get past us. That clearly is a priority.”
Adrian Sutil's 16th place finish at Monza saw him lose ninth in the championship standings to countryman Michael Schumacher and the German admitted he was keen to break back into the top ten under the Singapore lights.
“Points have got to be the aim this time,” he said. “Williams had a great event in Italy and really closed the gap to us, so we need as many points as we can. There are only a couple of overtaking places so qualifying is crucial and we'll be looking to get the whole package right from practice so we can optimise our position for the start.
“We've shown we have a car that's capable of getting into the top ten - we were only a few hundredths from Q3 in Monza - but we have to really nail it this time to give ourselves the best chance of points.”