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Mallya confident in battle for sixth

Vijay Mallya has said that he is optimsitic that his Sahara Force India team can overhaul Sauber before the end of the 2012 f1 season.
Sahara Force India team owner Vijay Mallya is confident that the Silverstone-based squad can triumph in the battle for sixth spot in the F1 constructors' championship, having closed the gap on Sauber in Belgium.

With two podium finishes, from Malaysia and Montreal, the Swiss team currently holds the upper hand, sitting 21 points ahead of Mallya's operation, which, in turn, overtook Williams, the other team in the equation, with a double top ten at Spa. With eight races remaining, there are plenty of points on offer and, despite having been out-qualified by both Saubers in the Ardennes, Mallya is optimistic that Sahara Force India can close the gap and reclaim the position it occupied at the end of the 2011 campaign.

"I remember, this time last year, saying that it was the most competitive season ever in the midfield – but this year has surpassed even that," the Indian admitted, "Sauber and Williams have been on the podium, and will continue to be strong in the remaining races, but, at the same time, I believe we have the car - and the team - to beat them. I also remember, last year, we performed better in the second half of the season, so I'm optimistic for the remaining races."

Mallya was delighted to see both of his cars back in the points at the Belgian Grand Prix, for the first time since Valencia, particularly with Nico Hulkenberg claiming a career-best fourth overall.

"I think it was probably our most competitive showing of the year in terms of race pace," he claimed, "Nico ended the race just a couple of seconds behind [Kimi] Raikkonen and came very close to the podium. The car was working well and looked competitive on the straights, [while], in terms of strategy, the pit wall called things perfectly and Nico did the rest by racing hard and making no mistakes.

"If Paul [di Resta] had not suffered with the KERS issue, I'm convinced we would have come away from Spa with even more points, bit it was the fourth race this year when we've had two cars finish in the points. I've been saying this is what we need to do if we want to catch Sauber and recapture our sixth place finish in the championship, so I'm hopeful we can carry this over to Monza - where we run with even less downforce."



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01.09.2012- Free Practice 3, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05
02.09.2012- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05
02.09.2012- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
10.06.2012- Race, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 leads Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
29.07.2012- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 andSergio Pérez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
27.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India
21.09.2014 - Race, Celebration, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 is applauded by his team
21.09.2014 - Race, Pit stop, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03 leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
21.09.2014 - Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
21.09.2014 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
21.09.2014 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
21.09.2014 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 starts the race from the pit lane
21.09.2014 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 stopped in the grid
21.09.2014 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 stopped in the grid
21.09.2014 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 watches the race from the pit lane

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