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F1 Hungarian GP: Mallya: Force India needs to match Silverstone results

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says consistent double points finishes will be essential if the team is to reel in Williams in the battle for fourth
Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says consistent double points finishes will be essential if his squad is to reel in Williams in the battle for fourth in the F1 world constructors' championship.

The Silverstone-based squad continued its fine run of mid-season form at its home round with Sergio Perez claiming sixth narrowly ahead of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg in seventh to slash the points deficit to Williams to 14 after its rival faltered.

Mallya wants Force India to keep up the run of results if it is to catch Williams in the teams' standings and is confident his squad can maintain its momentum.

“I'm very proud of our performance at Silverstone,” Mallya said. “14 points represents our best ever score from a British Grand Prix and it means we are closing down the gap to fourth place in the championship.

“I take real encouragement from our pace across the whole weekend, especially during the race. With half the season to go, there's no reason why we can't score good points at every race. If we want to fight for fourth, that's what we need to do.”

Having taken 59 of its 73 points in the past five rounds, Mallya wants his squad to improve upon its record at a circuit which has traditionally not favoured the team since changing to its current guise in 2008.

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In that time, Force India has only seen one driver score points at the Hungaroring, Paul di Resta's seventh place in 2011, and endured a nightmare race weekend 12 months ago when Perez suffered a nasty crash during free practice due to broken suspension but Hulkenberg had a spectacular front wing failure during the race.

“Budapest last year was a pretty challenging weekend for the team and a race we prefer to forget,” Mallya explained. “So things can only get better this year. The twisty layout of the Hungaroring is the complete opposite of Silverstone so it will be interesting to see how we perform there.

“We've worked hard to improve the car through low and medium-speed corners so I think we should be in good shape this weekend.”
by Haydn Cobb



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08.07.2016 - Free Practice 1, Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India
26.03.2017 - Race, Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) Sauber C36 and Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
26.03.2017 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
26.03.2017 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
26.03.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
26.03.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
26.03.2017 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
26.03.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
26.03.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
26.03.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
26.03.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
26.03.2017 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
26.03.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
26.03.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
26.03.2017 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
26.03.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
26.03.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40 and Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) Sauber C36
26.03.2017 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10

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