Team principal Vijay Mallya says he hopes that Sahara Force India
will soon be able to celebrate a 'special result' on the back of a solid start to the new F1 season in Australia.
Adrian Sutil led the Albert Park
race prior to his first stop having gone with a different strategy to the cars ahead, with the German eventually taking the flag in seventh spot in his comeback race.
Team-mate Paul di Resta followed him home in eighth place as the Silverstone-based team secured ten points from the opening race, leaving Mallya optimistic about what the future could hold as the team seeks to better its seventh place finish in the standings last year.
“The first back-to-back races of the season mean we are already heading to Malaysia for the second round of the Championship,” he said. “We have scored points in Sepang the last three times we raced there, including a double-points finish last year, and I believe we can build on the early-season momentum to bring home a valuable result.
“Last weekend's race in Melbourne was a great demonstration of how far the team has come lately: to race against the established front-runners on merit shows the quality of our car, of our driver line-up and of the work everyone in the team is producing every day, whether at the factory or at the circuit. We have led the last two races and hopefully soon we will have a special result to repay all that effort.”
Mallya added that it was important for the team not to get too carried away on the back of its Australian result, with his outfit needing to work hard to maintain its form as the season goes on.
“With improved results come increased responsibilities: the whole world of Formula One – our rivals, the media and the fans – now look at Sahara Force India
as a competitor for points at every race,” he said. “It is our duty to sustain this scrutiny by going out every day and performing to our best to keep challenging the top teams in the world.
“The 2013 Championship is just at the beginning, and it is important not to get carried away with enthusiasm: we will need to channel this positive energy into consistently good performances and continue to improve. We are on a good road, and we must all keep progressing.”