F1 »

Italian Grand Prix: Force India still up for McLaren battle

Despite falling behind its rival at Spa-Francorchamps, Sahara Force India isn't about to let McLaren rest easy.
Sahara Force India team owner Vijay Mallya insists that his squad has not given up hope of beating McLaren to fifth spot in this year's constructors' championship, despite having fallen behind their rivals after Spa.

With the Woking team struggling with its MP4-28 in the early part of the season, Force India was able to establish itself as the 'best of the rest' behind the year's four frontrunners, but recent results – following a concerted rethink in the McLaren camp – has seen the margin between the two teams not only close, but reverse, in recent races.

Both squads remain contenders for points at every race and, having seen one of his drivers taken out of the reckoning in Belgium, Mallya maintains that the fight is still on.

“We could have had both cars in the points, but for the unfortunate incident where Paul [di Resta] was taken out by [Williams' Pastor Maldonado],” the Indian reflected, “It's good to be in the points in the first race back after the break, [but] we've still got some more work to do because McLaren got ahead of us, but they are only four points ahead and that's not too much to catch up.

“I guess it will be a neck-and-neck race. McLaren have obviously spent a lot of time working on this year's car, and they have improved significantly, [whereas] we've stopped the development of the 2013 car and have focused mainly on 2014 because there are so many technical challenges for next year.

In past seasons, the back-to-back rounds in Belgium and Italy have been kind to Force India, and Mallya is hoping that the record holds true in 2013.

“We need to extract the best of what we have to maintain our competitiveness going forward for the rest of the season and, like Spa, the [Monza] track suits us, so we hope to be able to capitalise on that,” he stressed, “As I've always said, my direction for the technical team has been to develop a car that is competitive on all tracks, which is something we have achieved for the last few years.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
25.08.2013-  Race, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
24.08.2013- Free Practice 3, Adrian Sutil (GER), Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
24.08.2013- Free Practice 3, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
09.09.2012- Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India
25.08.2013-  Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28 and Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
McLaren - Honda MCL32
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 F1 launch, [Credit: McLaren]
McLaren MCL32, McLaren-Honda, [Credit: McLaren]
Fernando Alonso - McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren Honda MCL32
Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 cockpit detail.
Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 rear wing and engine cover detail.
(L to R): Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 Team with team mate Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and the Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


September 04, 2013 1:48 PM

Force India have gutted Williams, Nigel Mansell's team. And now they're beating up Alain Prost's and Ayrton Senna's Team. McLaren. I, for one, have not been kind enough to them. A job well done!


September 04, 2013 6:05 PM

It reflects good on Force India fighting giant names in F1 like Williams and McLaren but its reflects much more badly on Williams who year by year have to eat the dust of the migfield pack in most races and McLaren which will take good leasons by this experience. Thats F1. A few days ago I was watching a video on youtube: F1 2009 Top 4 teams review. After dominating the top 4 standings for three years you just se how pathetic were Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and BMW Sauber at many races in 2009.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.