Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says he will fight McLaren "down to the wire" for fifth place in the constructors' championship.

Sergio Perez's seventh pace in Italy ahead of both McLarens reduced the deficit to just one point between the two teams, with Force India having dropped behind after the Belgian Grand Prix. When asked by Crash.net if he is willing to commit resources to fight all the way to the end of the season, Mallya replied: "Oh yes, absolutely.

"I'm competing fiercely with McLaren and it's going to be down to the wire! It's competitive, and at the end of the day you enjoy the competition. We're great friends - Ron [Dennis] and me - but we like to compete with each other."

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And Mallya believes that it would be foolish to switch attentions to 2015 too early with so much at stake in the final race of the season.

"We're only one point adrift as of today, so it can go either way can't it? We're right there, neck-and-neck, we'll give it our best over the rest of the season and see where we come out.

"Of course Abu Dhabi can change everything for everybody with the double points, so sometimes I wonder if I should tell my technical team 'just focus on producing an Abu Dhabi car and forget about everything else!' But obviously that's not practical."

By the time Abu Dhabi comes around, Mallya also says he expects to have confirmed both Perez and Nico Hulkenberg as next year's drivers.

"I have options on both mine and I'm very happy with both of them so I'm not looking at any changes. I'm happy with what I have and I have options so I'm not looking at any new drivers."