F1 » 11 April 2012
Force India chase Chinese points
Coming off the back of a double points finish at Sepang, Force India remain hopeful of a similar points haul despite the intensity of the competition for points
Force India arrive at Shanghai for this weekend's Chinese GP fully intent on adding to their current haul of nine points.
Thanks to the efforts of Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, the Silverstone based squad scored a very credible double point's finish last time out in Malaysia.
Team principal Vijay Mallya, however, remains under no illusions about the task at hand given the ferocious competition for points.
"After two races the 2012 season appears to have all the ingredients needed to serve up a spectacular year of racing," said Mallya. "Already the fans have enjoyed two thrilling races and the intensity of the competition across the grid is sure to capture everybody's attention.
"I said last year that the competition in the midfield was close, but this year it seems to be even more so with the majority of the grid capable of fighting for points."
Although the level of competition is an exciting prospect for the fans, Mallya explains the excitement will also give the teams a headache, as points will be harder to come by.
"It's a good situation for Formula One, but it also means points are harder to come by,” he said. “It's encouraging that we have scored points in both races and that will be our aim once again in China."
Di Resta, encouraged like his team boss, intends to keep his point scoring run going at Shanghai, a circuit in which the Scot narrowly missed on points last year.
The 25-year old also predicts yet more good racing on a DRS friendly circuit.
"I think the whole team is pleased to have nine points on the board after two races and it was important that we picked up some good points on such an unpredictable day in Malaysia," stated di Resta. "We've seen how close all the teams are this year and getting points isn't easy, so it feels good to start as we mean to continue.
"We also saw the effectiveness of DRS last year, which helped produce some good racing and it should be the same this year."
Team-mate Hulkenberg, who picked up his first points for the team at Malaysia, remains a little more cautious in regards to his teams position in the pecking order.
"Yes, I'm happy with the race we had in Malaysia, which was basically the first proper race I have done since the end of 2010," said Hulkenberg. "It wasn't an easy race and I was never in any clean air, but it was good to pick up a couple of points – my first points for the team.
"We're only at the start of the season – we've only had two race weekends, so we still need to wait and see.
"Because the midfield is so compact nobody can afford to relax. We all need to push hard to improve performance and with 18 races still to go there's plenty of time to do that."
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