Force India boss Vijay Mallya has said his team is taking 'nothing for granted' heading into the final two races of the season, although he has been encouraged by the two recent double points finishes.

The Silverstone-based outfit was coming under pressure from Sauber, but has now pulled away and has a 32-point cushion.

Indeed such has been the teams turn around, that Mallya is now hoping they can challenge McLaren for fifth place in the Constructors', especially as the gap is only 18 points going into this weekend's penultimate round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.

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"I'm very pleased with the last couple of races. As in the first part of the season, we've recaptured our form and maximised car performance," he said prior to the United States Grand Prix. "We've managed the last two races very well and taken a different approach with the strategy.

"In Abu Dhabi we were the only team to achieve a one-stop race with both cars, which was a bold decision. We managed to pull off the perfect strategy and picked up the rewards.

"We're certainly in better shape, but will never take anything for granted. We've scored 15 points in two races and we now have some breathing space behind us.

"But we won't change our approach heading to Austin. We will go there focussed on closing the gap to fifth place, which is just 18 points."

"I think everybody was impressed by our first visit to Austin last year. The race was a real success and it's great to see the interest from such an important market," he added. "We were in the points last year and we go there determined to get some more this year."