Paul di Resta says Force India will need luck on its side if it to get ahead of Sauber in the F1 title race.
Team boss Vijay Mallya said earlier this week that Sauber could be caught
through the remaining seven races of the season, despite the Swiss outfit being 37 points ahead.
Speaking ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, di Resta said he wasnï¿½t sure if catching Sauber would be possible, with Force India needing luck on its side to bring the gap down.
"We're obviously up against a massive task when you look at what Sauber achieved in Monza, and Vijay is saying he still wants sixth," he told ESPNF1
. "It's an unlikely position for us to achieve now, but it's not out of reach. It would take a lot of luck and a lot of progress on our behalf to do that."
The Scot added that the fact that Force India has now started focusing on its 2013 car would also play a factor in whether or not it can overhaul its rival even though the team has ended the year strongly in recent seasons.
"I believe most of the focus has changed onto next year's car,ï¿½ he said. ï¿½I think that some teams have probably changed quicker than others while the teams still battling for the championship are still developing, which is like every year. There becomes a point where you have to switch and this is normally the point. It's an unfortunate thing and you would like more, but with the tools we have I think we will improve.
ï¿½I think the biggest thing is not to fatigue as a team and make sure you stay sharp. I think at this time last year we gained quite a lot of points compared to the cars around us and hopefully the small network of this team will thrive again."