Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has reiterated the importance of fighting for fifth place in the Formula 1 Constructors' championship and is confident a new update for the B-spec version of the VJM08 can maintain his team's current momentum.

Mallya's team wrestled back fifth place in the teams' standings in Monza, after briefly being displaced by Lotus, thanks to a double points finish coupled with two retirements for Lotus.

Despite a hiccup in Hungary both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez have seen a positive improvement in results since the Force India B-spec car was introduced ahead of the British Grand Prix and Mallya is keen to continue this trend this weekend in Singapore with a new upgrade.

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"Singapore will give us another chance to optimise the B-spec version of VJM08 as we introduce another small update package," Mallya said. "Having performed well on the high-speed circuits of Spa and Monza, we know we have the potential to get both cars inside the top ten, but it's going to be quite a different challenge on the tight and twisty streets of Singapore.

"As I've been saying for a while, the midfield fight for fifth place in the championship is likely to go down to the wire.

"It was important to score good points in Monza to reclaim fifth place, but with seven races still to go we cannot afford to ease up. The development of the VJM08 will continue and we need to take every opportunity that comes our way."

Finishing fifth in the Constructors' championship will also provide an extra chunk of prize money which will be vital for both Force India and Lotus, with Force India struggling with cash flow at the start of the year while Lotus were visited by the bailiffs at Spa.