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Mallya: We are still after a point or two.

Force India F1 tean owner Vijay Mallya has conceded that the season to date has been both good and bad for his squad.

Indeed while Mallya has been happy with the progress made by the Silverstone-based outfit in its first year under his control and with the performances of Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella, he remains disappointed that the team still hasn't broken its duck and finished in the top-eight.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza, he vowed though that they will all keep pushing to try and get at least one point before the year comes to a close on November 2 in Brazil.

"Monza will be almost a year to the day when we entered into the final stages of buying the team and, as such, it presents a good opportunity to review how far we have come. When people ask whether I can be satisfied with this progress, honestly I think we have to say yes and no," Mallya explained.

"Yes, because compared to where we were last year, we're clearly more competitive. We are racing teams with far higher budgets than we have, and beating them on occasion. I have two strong, hungry drivers who have delivered, and I have a very solid basis to build on.

"No, because if someone says they are happy with being at the back they are clearly lying! I would have liked to be in Q2 by now, and have a few points on the board, but that is a measure of how tough F1 has got.

"This is the situation we are now in and we have to adapt to this. Before the end of the year I would really like to get at least one point. It may ultimately be out of our reach, but we can't ever lose sight of the aims."

Force India F1 team boss Colin Kolles meanwhile is also determined to try and ensure they end the year on a high. He is however realistic and knows it won't be easy to break into the top eight.

"Monza will be the final race in Europe before we move to the flyaway races and it would be good to get a strong result to set us up for the final push of the year. As always this season, the field is so competitive - and also reliable - that to get points will be very challenging, but this will always be the aim," he pledged.

"What we have proved is that we can race with other teams on merit and, if the opportunities are there, we can make the most of them. Like Spa, Monza can present some different conditions throughout the race and we have to be there fighting if anything happens."



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