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F1 Monaco GP: Force India unwavering in charge for fifth

Vijay Mallya says despite his squad's difficult start to 2016 after a positive outing with its new aerodynamic package it's retaining its target of fifth
Force India's team principal Vijay Mallya says despite his squad's difficult start to the season after a positive outing with its new aerodynamic package in Spain it is retaining its target of holding on to fifth in the F1 world championship.

After enjoying its best campaign in its history last year with fifth place in the F1 world constructors' championship, Force India has struggled to maintain its momentum at the start of 2016 having seen just one car finish in the points over the opening three races.

With its new aerodynamic package introduced at Circuit de Catalunya in time for the first high downforce tracks on the calendar, Sergio Perez has claimed consecutive points finishes while Nico Hulkenberg has also been challenging for points until technical issues wrecked his chances.

Team boss Mallya says with uplifting gains from the new aero parts in Spain he is optimistic of achieving stronger results to claw back the 12 points it currently trails Toro Rosso in the battle for fifth in the F1 world championship.

“We certainly took encouragement from our performance in qualifying and the race [in Spain],” Mallya said. “It's not easy to introduce a new aerodynamic package during a race weekend, but the team did an excellent job of installing and understanding the new components.

“We could see the benefits straightaway in the data and from the drivers' feedback. Barcelona has never been our strongest track, so to come away with six points means we can feel optimistic for the upcoming races.

“Anything can happen and that's what makes Monaco such an exciting weekend. Both our drivers are strong there, but the first task is to deliver a clean qualifying lap when it matters: we've seen before that qualifying can become a lottery when the track is busy. All being well we've got the potential to qualify in the top ten and score good points.

“We've not enjoyed an easy start to the season with our fair share of bad luck, but with three quarters of the season to go we have plenty of time to catch the teams ahead of us.”

Force India sit seventh in the F1 world constructors' standings, 12 points behind Toro Rosso in fifth and eight off new squad Haas in sixth.



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13.05.2016 - Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09

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mrfill

May 24, 2016 12:41 PM

richard:
mrfill: ...and I'm sure Vijay will be parking his yacht and strutting around the principality proudly introducing people to his team. Unless he is unable to attend because he's washing his hair this weekend.....
he cant be there....he no longer has a passport!
No longer has a valid Indian passport. However, there are many countries who welcome fat rich crooks as 'residents' and who give out passports to generous donors. Even ones on the run... Google 'Thaksin passport' to see how its done and how arrest warrants are dodged by the very rich..

richard

May 24, 2016 12:04 PM

mrfill: ...and I'm sure Vijay will be parking his yacht and strutting around the principality proudly introducing people to his team. Unless he is unable to attend because he's washing his hair this weekend.....
he cant be there....he no longer has a passport!



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