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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Force India on top of brake problems from Austria

Vijay Mallya says his squad has uncovered the cause of its brake problems in Spielberg and is confident of rectifying it at Silverstone.
Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says his squad has uncovered the cause of its brake problems in Spielberg and is confident of rectifying it at its home event at Silverstone this weekend.

Force India saw Nico Hulkbenberg's front-row start end in an eventual retirement due to brake problems after tumbling down the running order over the opening third of the race.

On the other side of the garage Sergio Perez saw a certain points finish slip away on the penultimate lap when he suffered brake failure which sent him into a crash.

Mallya says the brake troubles both drivers sustained have been highlighted and is certain the problem will be eliminated at next weekend's British round.

Despite the frustration endured at the Red Bull Ring Mallya wants the team to focus on its recent upturn in form and respond at Silverstone.

“Leaving Austria empty-handed was very disappointing,” Mallya said. “We showed good form throughout the weekend, but various factors prevented us from realising our true potential. We've understood what went wrong and I'm confident we can bounce back this weekend at Silverstone.

“We shouldn't let one unlucky race overshadow the great results we have been achieving recently. We're sitting fifth in the championship and the battle for fourth remains wide open with twelves races still to go.”

Looking to put on a performance in front of the home fans, with Force India's headquarters based adjacent to the Northamptonshire circuit, Mallya has teased an update for Silverstone and is determined for a fightback after the disappointment in Austria.

“We've got some extra performance coming for the VJM09 this weekend and that should help us for the races leading up to the summer break,” he said. “There is no denying that Silverstone is one of the most special races of the whole season. Being so close to our factory, just across the road, means our staff can be close to the action and we enjoy incredible support from our fans.”
by Haydn Cobb



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