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Force India eager to keep form going

Force India team boss Vijay Mallya keen to keep the team's solid form going at Spa
Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says he is keen to see the team try and maintain the form displayed prior to the summer break when the F1 season resumes this weekend at Spa.

The Silverstone-based outfit scored 14 points – more than half of its total so far of 26 – in the two races before the summer break and now returns to the scene of its strongest result in recent years, after Giancarlo Fisichella qualified on pole and then finished second back in 2009.

While a repeat result is unlikely this weekend, Mallya insisted the team was in a better position than two years ago, when its car excelled on the low-downforce circuits but then struggled elsewhere.

With that in mind, Mallya said he was hopeful of a strong weekend as the team looks to close the gap on sixth-placed Sauber in the championship standings.

"I always enjoy coming to Spa,” he said. “Not only is it an evocative and historic venue, it's also the scene of our greatest success to date and I have many happy memories of our podium two years ago.

“The big difference this year is that we arrive at the Belgian Grand Prix with a car that is much more complete. In the past our great strength was straightline speed, but the car is now strong in all areas. The proof of that can be seen in our recent results with one car in Q3 at the last four races and 14 points from the last two. So we enter the second half of the season in high spirits. The drivers are pushing each other hard and are extremely motivated. The car is delivering good performance and we are taking the fight to the big teams.

“It was hard to imagine we would be in this position after our slow start to the year, but I never stopped believing. When you consider how competitive Formula 1 is, everyone in the team can be proud of where we are. We're well aware there is much hard work ahead to maintain this and we still have a big task facing us in the constructors' championship. But following the August break we come back refreshed and ready to deliver again this weekend."



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