Sahara Force India team principal, Vijay Mallya, has set the bar high for the Silverstone outfit as it heads into the final third of the 2015 F1 season.

After a Belgian Grand Prix that showed high and low points of the season, with Sergio Perez notching up his best result of the year 90 minutes after team-mate Nico Hulkenberg failed to take the start of the race, Mallya has said that nothing short of getting both cars into the top ten over the remaining eight races would be acceptable.

With Force India now enjoying the fruits of its first-half labours in the shape of the B-spec VJM08, Mallya is keen to see tangible rewards to keep the team in the hunt for a top five constructors' championship position. Ahead of the final European race of the season - Russia isn't counted despite Sochi technically being just on the European side of the divide with Asia - the ebullient team boss has Lotus in his sights, but knows that both drivers need to see the chequered flag to combat a rival that secured a rare podium last time out.

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"The high-speed challenge of historic Monza is always one of the highlights of the year, but it's also the final race of the European season and it's important that we score strongly to regain the initiative in our fight for fifth place in the standings," Mallya confirmed.

"The last race in Belgium showed that the updates we've brought to the VJM08 are working as intended. We've taken some big steps forward over the last couple of months and, with more developments in the pipeline, I think we can keep up this momentum. Of course, the result in Spa was bittersweet as we could only compete with one car, but we've shown that the VJM08 is capable of qualifying and racing well inside the top ten.

At the same time, Spa reminded us that we cannot take our progress for granted and we must continue to work hard to remain at the front of the midfield battle. Monza is a track where we expect to be competitive. We go there aiming to get both our cars in Q3 on Saturday and in the points on Sunday - and that must be our target for all the races to come."