Force India team principal Vijay Mallya is looking forward to seeing his cars back in the points at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, one race on from the team's first non-score of 2014.

The first half of the F1 season was marked out by Force India's regular top ten appearances, which only came to an end when Nico Hulkenberg - himself an ever-present in the points prior to round eleven - and Sergio Perez both retired from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"Until Hungary, we had scored points in every race, so I guess we were due to have an unlucky weekend at some stage - I just hope that's our bad luck over and done with," he commented, "There was a huge opportunity to come away with some significant points, so it was a missed opportunity, but both drivers came to me and apologised. 'Checo' was unlucky - the same thing happened to Vettel at the same corner and he got away with it...."

Mallya's squad has slipped behind Williams in the constructors' standings of late, but retains a hold on fifth place - ahead of McLaren - and the Indian is keen to see normal service resumed in the Ardennes on Sunday.

"I'm pleased we went into the summer break in fifth place," he claimed, "I think it's where we deserve to be at this stage of the season. Fourth place is not out of reach either, with 38 points covering fourth to sixth place, so one race can make all the difference, and the last race, with double points, could prove to be decisive. We'll just keep our heads down and focus on every single race and take it as it comes."

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Spa, of course, has good memories for Force India, with Giancarlo Fisichella claiming pole position and second place in the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix...

"The time has gone quickly but, since then, the team has only become stronger," Mallya insisted, "It was a breakthrough moment when people sat up and started to take us seriously.

"I'm proud of where we are today and I feel there will be some big opportunities in the final eight races for us to show our potential. Spa is a high-speed track, so it's an opportunity for the Mercedes-engined teams but, equally, there are other tracks we are looking forward to, such as Singapore..."