Sahara Force India boss Vijay Mallya has hailed the performance of his team this year and has said if they do achieve sixth place in the Constructors' Championship it will be a 'key milestone'.
Going into this weekend's race in Brazil, the Silverstone-based outfit has notched up 57 points in total, with Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta both scoring last time out in Abu Dhabi, something that gives the squad a 15-point lead over Sauber and a 16-point advantage over Toro Rosso with just one round to go.
Despite that margin though, Mallya is adamant the champagne is still most definitely on ice.
“I still remember what happened last year when we missed out on sixth place by just one point. We certainly head to Brazil in a very strong position, but I've learned that you should never take anything for granted,” he warned.
“Overall though I think 2011 has been our most complete season yet. We've developed a car that has been strong in all areas and we've given some of the bigger teams a run for their money.
“I'm proud of what we have achieved, which is a testament to the dedication and commitment of all the team members.
“If we can secure sixth in the championship this weekend, it will be a key milestone in the history of this team because the competitiveness of the F1 grid is as intense as I can remember.”
Asked about Interlagos and what the team can achieve there, Mallya said he is convinced they can break into the top-ten again and score, something they have managed thus far at 12 of the 18 events.
“Over the years Interlagos has delivered some spectacular racing action and I have no doubt we will see more of the same this year,” he continued.
“It's a classic race on a calendar that presents plenty of challenges and I'm confident that we can maintain the form we showed in Abu Dhabi.
“After a long season I would love to sign off the year in style with both my cars in the points.”