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Mallya proud of season

Vijay Mallya celebrates seventh for Force India
Vijay Mallya insists he is proud of Force India's 2010 campaign despite losing out on sixth place in the constructors' championship to Williams in the season finale.

The Silverstone-based team went into the Abu Dhabi weekend trailing Williams by just a single point although its hopes of getting ahead were hit by Tonio Liuzzi's retirement on the opening lap after he crashed into Michael Schumacher's Mercedes.

That left Adrian Sutil to uphold honours and despite battling into the top ten, the German ultimately ended the race down in twelfth place after dropping down the order following his one and only pit-stop.

However, Force India still ends the season in its best position so far after a season where Liuzzi and Sutil took 15 points finishes and qualified in Q3 on nine occasions.

“Sixty eight points is something I, and the whole team, can take great personal pride in,” team boss Vijay Mallya said. “When we bought the team we scored zero points the first year, then 13 last year and now more than five times that in 2010.

“We've really achieved our racing stripes and I hope that next year, with the Indian Grand Prix as a target, that we can go bigger and better. This is just the start for us. Lastly I must extend my congratulations to Red Bull and to Sebastian Vettel on their wins this season, they have had a fantastic year.”



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Calvin _

November 15, 2010 1:29 PM

I think that early to mid season the team was doing very well, but nearing the end, the drivers lost a lot of consistency and, dare I say it, control. If I were Liuzzi, I would seriously worry about my seat, given that Hulkenburg is available.

dev - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 1:59 PM

Liuzzi cost them that 6th place, he was painfully slow when they had an advantage in the 1st half of the season. i really hope some good driver gets a shot at that seat next year.... even rookies scored more points that him...



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