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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Force India sharpens focus on fifth

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has asked his squad to concentrate its efforts on securing fifth place in the F1 Constructors' championship.
Vijay Mallya has issued a rallying cry to his Force India team to produce a relentless push as the team aims to secure fifth place in the F1 Constructors' championship and with it its best season in the sport.

The Force India team principal is anticipating a similar atmosphere to what the team enjoyed at the Mexican Grand Prix – and driver Sergio Perez's home debut – as it hopes to lockdown fifth in the F1 team standings.

The team's coup of ten points in Mexico (Nico Hulkenberg P7, Sergio Perez P8) saw Force India strengthen its grip on fifth over Lotus, who now trail them by 41 points with two races remaining.

Since Force India switched to the B-specification VJM08B at Silverstone both drivers have enjoyed a rapid improvement in results and Mallya made it clear the team must target fifth in the championship over all other goals, with the extra financial reward it would produce.

“We travel to Brazil off the back of a memorable and successful weekend in Mexico,” Mallya said. “Everybody I spoke to said how much they enjoyed the event and the warm welcome we received. It was a race where we maximised our opportunities to bring both cars home well inside the points and edge closer to securing fifth place in the championship.

“The Brazilian Grand Prix is another great event. It's an historic venue where the fans always create a special atmosphere – much like Mexico. The Interlagos circuit always seems to deliver an exciting race because it's an old school track with several good overtaking opportunities. The weather is also unpredictable and that often adds to the drama.

“With just two races to go, we must keep our focus and make sure we don't let our guard down so close to the finish line. If we score well in Brazil, we can clinch fifth place in the championship and that's the priority.

“I'm confident we can do it and getting both cars home in the points would be a great way to celebrate our best season ever.”

Since taking over the Spyker F1 team and being rebranded as Force India, the Silverston-based squad has enjoyed year-on-year improvements and has finished sixth in the F1 Constructors championship in three of the past four seasons.

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