After a welcome, if maybe unexpected, double points finish at the opening grand prix of the 2015 F1 season, Force India will be looking to add to its tally in Malaysia.

A belated start to the season saw the Silverstone-based team skipping Jerez, then running a modified 2014 car in the second session before finally getting its new machine on track at the final pre-season test. Unsurprisingly, it didn't qualify too strongly for the season-opening grand prix in Melbourne, but made the most of the pre-race attrition to bring both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez home in the points.

While both drivers admit that the VJM08 currently lacks the performance necessary to challenge those further up the grid, the car will get development parts over the coming races as Force India attempts to close the gap, and team principal Vijay Mallya is optimistic that further points can be accrued in Malaysia this weekend.

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"Starting our season in Melbourne with both cars in the points was the ideal way to open our 2015 account," the flamboyant owner admitted, "Those seven points were an important reward for all the hard work of everyone in the team over the winter and give us something to build upon as we head for Malaysia.

"Despite scoring well in Melbourne, we know the VJM08 is only just beginning its development journey and that we need to add performance if we want to finish consistently in the points. There will be some small tweaks this weekend before bigger steps can be made during the European season."

Despite Perez being denied the opportunity to race at Sepang last season, Hulkenberg finished fifth for Force India and, while the currently pecking order may not yield a repeat, Mallya is confident that the VJM08 will be a top ten contender this weekend.

"Malaysia is an interesting track for us," he confirmed, "We had a good race there last year with Nico and it's a track that generates good racing. The hot weather usually plays to our strengths and the risk of rain can add another dimension to the strategy. Hopefully we can capitalise on these elements to be competitive and come away with another strong result."