Force India team principal Vijay Mallya is hoping the knowledge gleaned from the opening two rounds of the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship season will allow his outfit to challenge for points in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Force India surprised by getting both cars inside the top ten in the opening round at Albert Park, despite a short lead-in with development on the VJM08. However, it went on to struggle in Sepang due to the car's lack of downforce.

Nonetheless, Mallya believes Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will be able to put the lessons learned to good use in Shanghai in its efforts to get back inside the top ten.

Related Articles

"The first two races of the season have seen varying fortunes for Sahara Force India. After scoring points in Australia, it was more of a challenge in Malaysia where Nico and Sergio showed their fighting spirit and enjoyed plenty of TV airtime as a result. Both weekends were valuable learning opportunities for us as we work hard to improve the VJM08.

"Everyone in the team deserves credit for the strong reliability of the VJM08, but there is a long way to go on the development path. We know the areas we need to improve and I've been impressed with the attitude of the team. The morale is strong and we will keep fighting hard to score as many points as we can in these early races.

"The upcoming weekend in China will be an interesting one. We will try and take some steps forward, based on what we have learned in Malaysia, and we will go to Shanghai targeting points. Formula One put on a very good show in Sepang so let's hope for more close racing this weekend."