Vijay Mallya admits that Force India has to raise its game if it wants to challenge Williams and Sauber for position in the F1 constructors championship.
The Silverstone-based squad lost more ground to Sauber after failing to score in Canada, with its Swiss rivals picking up big points after Sergio Perez finished on the podium for the second time this season.
With Sauber now 30 points ahead as a result, and Williams still 16 clear despite also failing to score in Montreal, Mallya admitted that the team has to improve quickly so it didn't fall too far behind in the standings.
“Looking back on Canada it's fair to say that we have mixed emotions,” he said. “We were disappointed with the overall outcome, but take the positives from knowing that we did have a quick car for most of the weekend. After a promising start to the race when Paul ran as high as fifth, everything dropped off and we underachieved. We have looked into the issues we had in the race and believe we understand why we lost out.
“I think Canada showed once again that Formula One is hard to predict at the moment. It's seriously competitive with seven different winners in seven races, all of which is great for the sport – I would certainly go along with that. But while it's hard to predict, we still need to lift our game, especially if we want to target fifth or sixth in the constructors' championship. Yes, we've had one of our best starts to a season ever in terms of points scored, but the teams around us have also performed exceptionally well.
“The teams that we have been comparable with in the past few years like Sauber and Williams have been on the podium, and I'm sure our time will come, as long as we get things right. It's something we need to do sooner rather than later because we are quickly approaching the midway point of the season. I hope we can recapture our form in Valencia, return to the points and demonstrate our potential.”