Force India F1 chairman and team principal Dr. Vijay Mallya is hopeful that the Silverstone-based squad can banish the memory of its Montreal misfortune in the Canadian Grand Prix last time out with a strong points-scoring result in this weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia.
Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil both displayed strong pace for Force India in the treacherous conditions that besieged the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve a week-and-a-half ago, but similarly, both came unstuck in damaging their front wings against other cars and picking up drive-through penalties for their troubles. The pair then separately came into contact with the wall later on in the race, meaning neither saw the chequered flag on one of those rare occasions in F1 when big points are genuinely up for grabs for the sport's minnows.
Having missed out on the possibility of a significant haul – and seeing FIF1 leapfrogged by closest rival Scuderia Toro Rosso into seventh spot in the constructors' standings in the process – Mallya is eager indeed for his team to bounce back in Valencia.
“The Canadian Grand Prix was one of those races that we will remember for a long time,” reflected the Kingfisher Airlines billionaire. “It was a day full of drama and excitement, and it was a great advert for F1. Despite the torrential rain showers and delay to the race, the fans still packed the grandstands and showed their support for all the teams. It was fitting that they got to see such a memorable race.
“Of course, it was a weekend of unrealised potential for Force India. The luck did not go our way, and both drivers were a little over-enthusiastic. This is all part of racing, though, and we will take the disappointment on the chin and come back stronger next time. It was all-the-more frustrating because the VJM04 was extremely competitive, we had a good strategy and we missed a chance to pick up some big points.
“After the low-downforce challenge of Montreal, it's back to high-downforce in Valencia. We continue to push hard with the development of the car, mainly on the aero side with several small detailed additions this weekend.”