Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says he is prepared to face an intense battle for fourth place in the constructors' championship this season.

Following Nico Hulkenberg's fifth place in the Monaco Grand Prix, Force India now has a 15-point gap over McLaren and Williams in the constructors' standings, with only Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari ahead. While Mallya is realistic that the top three teams are unlikely to be caught, he believes Force India is well placed to hold on to its current position.

"The battle for fourth place is going to be intense as the season develops, but at the moment we are firmly in fourth with 15 points advantage over fifth place," Mallya said. "We are now a third of the way into the season and we've shown that we have a car that can constantly deliver whatever the track.

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"We've been in the points in every race, which is very motivating for everyone in the team and helps pump us up even more. There are some strong teams behind us, but we are holding our own and will continue pushing hard."

And Mallya is confident heading to Montreal this weekend, though admits Force India is no longer a team that is much stronger on low-downforce circuits.

"It should be a good one for us. However, gone are the days when you can hope to have results simply based on what tracks should suit you. This game has changed too much. There are so many variables in racing that we don't take anything for granted. For example, the weather often plays a role in Montreal and that could reset everything."