The Force India F1 team will need to play the 'long game' and score points in every race if it is to stay ahead of McLaren and keep fifth spot in the Constructors' Championship, team boss, Vijay Mallya has said ahead of the British Grand Prix.
The event at Silverstone this weekend is a special one for FIF1, given its base is right within the confines of the track, and while it hasn't been a particularly happy hunting ground, Mallya remains 'optimistic'.
Indeed given the form of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil to date this season, he is confident the team will add to its 51-point tally on Sunday. Mallya also revealed that the VJM06 will benefit from a 'couple of small upgrades'.
“There is always something special about racing at Silverstone,” said Mallya, prior to the eighth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship. “After the Indian Grand Prix, we regard Silverstone as our second 'home' race. Our headquarters is just across the road and everyone in the team feels a touch of pride in racing on what we consider 'our' turf.
“It is also a special place, the venue where the very first F1 World Championship race was held and one which can boast some of the most passionate fans in the world.
“Two exciting races in Monaco and Canada have set us up perfectly for this weekend's event. We celebrated our 100th race in Canada and continued picking up points with both cars. That's what we need to do if we are to hold on to fifth place in the championship.
“While I still believe that we are edging ever closer to the podium, we must also focus on consistency and play the long game in the championship, which means scoring points at every race.
“In the past we've never had great success at Silverstone, so we are keen to put that right this year. It's a home race for Paul and I'm sure the whole team can count on lots of support from the British fans. Performance-wise, I expect us to be competitive.
“We have a couple of small upgrades so I'm optimistic that we can be fighting for our usual position inside the top ten.”