Vijay Mallya believes his Force India team is still on the path to discovering its full potential with the VJM08 B-specification car after reaping the rewards of the upgrade over the second half of the season.
The Force India team principal says his team hasn't been taking full advantage of opportunities handed to them after switching to the updated B-specification car, despite Sergio Perez grabbing the team's first rostrum result of 2015 in Russia and a strong fifth place in America. On the other side of the garage Nico Hulkenberg has struggled to enjoy the same level of success after suffering two consecutive retirements.
Focusing on the final three races of the season, Mallya wants the team to grab the initiative to secure fifth place in the F1 Constructors' championship starting this weekend in Mexico.
“The race in Austin demonstrated the good level of form we are in at the moment,” Mallya said. “We have been competitive on every kind of circuit following the summer break and it was only some misfortune for Nico that prevented us from scoring well with both cars in Texas.
“Racing is often a game of maximising opportunities and we have been doing that only partially recently, but the next race is a good chance to realise our full potential.
“Mexico is, needless to say, a very important race for us. Checo enjoys a huge following in his home country and we have a large number of Mexican team partners, so we are determined to do well in front of them.”
Force India currently holds a 32-point advantage over Lotus – and 39 points over Toro Rosso – in the fight for the highly-coveted fifth place in the teams' standings which secures a larger share of F1 prize money.