Vijay Mallya says it has been "the dream start" Force India was hoping for to the 2014 season and is confident the team can score more podiums.

Sergio Perez finished third in Bahrain to give Force India only the second podium finish in its history. With Nico Hulkenberg finishing fifth, the result moved the team second in the constructors' championship behind Mercedes and Mallya admitted the way the first three races have gone has been even better than expectations.

"I was very pleased to finally achieve that elusive podium," Mallya said. "We've been close a few times in the last few years, but everything came together perfectly in Bahrain. I think it's a reflection of the talent and the passion of this team, and the fact that we have excellent teamwork. There's a great amount of dedication in all areas of the company and a single purpose in mind for everyone.

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"We're second in the constructors' championship, which feels pretty special. I know we've only had three races, but nevertheless it's good to be up there. Forty four points out of three races, it's the dream start we were hoping for."

And Mallya made it clear that he believes Force India can continue to challenge for podiums in the coming races.

"I think we've shown in the first few races that we have produced a competitive car. Bahrain was not just a one-off and we've been improving with each race. In Australia we were sixth, in Malaysia fifth and then third and fifth in Bahrain. As I've said, it's our best ever start to a season, which always gives me a great sense of satisfaction, but we won't sit back; we are always trying to improve.

"The aim is to repeat the podium, but each race is different and the field is so competitive that it's impossible to predict. Some tracks will suit us more than others but I want to see us up there fighting towards the front."