Force India boss Vijay Mallya says his team can use its Monaco Grand Prix success as a springboard into the remainder of the 2016 F1 season after a lucrative weekend saw it return to the podium and climb to fifth in the constructors' standings.
Having struggled for consistent form in the opening five rounds of the season, Monaco marked a turnaround in fortunes for the Silverstone-based team, with Sergio Perez's measured drive in tricky conditions yielding an unexpected podium alongside Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo.
Coupled to Nico Hulkenberg's run to sixth place, the 23 point haul sees Force India leap up to fifth overall ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, momentum team principal Mallya believes it can now maintain over the coming events.
“The Monaco performance means we come to Canada full of confidence. The 23 points we claimed in Monaco lifted us to fifth place in the championship. I've been saying all season that our luck needs to change and I hope that Monaco represents a turning point.
“We now have some momentum and I believe we can push on and keep racking up the points in the races to come. Montreal should play to our strengths and I'm feeling optimistic that we can get both cars well inside the top ten in qualifying and the race.”
Reflecting on the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, Mallya was full of praise for Perez's efforts, describing his podium as a moment he will never forget.
“Monaco was a very significant weekend for us,” he said. “It's one of the most famous races in the world and I felt incredibly proud to see Checo standing on the podium. It's a memory that will stay with me forever.
“It was a brilliant team effort and a much deserved reward for all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes to keep pushing us forward. There was some late drama too with Nico snatching sixth place on the line in a race where the strategy didn't allow him to show his true potential.