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Vijay Mallya, Sahara Force India - Q&A

22 November 2011

Sahara Force India F1 team boss and managing director Dr. Vijay Mallya toasts the team's strong showing in Abu Dhabi and looks ahead to the Brazilian Grand Prix, the final round in the F1 2011 World Championship...



Q:
Dr. Mallya, you said after Abu Dhabi that sixth place is almost in the bag – have you started celebrating yet?

Vijay Mallya:
Absolutely not! I still remember what happened last year when we missed out on sixth place by just one point. We certainly head to Brazil in a very strong position, but I've learned that you should never take anything for granted.

Q:
You must have been extremely proud of the way the team performed in Abu Dhabi…

Vijay Mallya:
We needed to get two cars in the points and beat our direct competitors to get some breathing space in the championship, and that's exactly what we did. There were some performance upgrades for the car, which worked well, and the drivers did the rest. In the race we split the strategies to cover all the options and we came away with our third double points finish of the season.

Q:
What expectations do you have for this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix?

Vijay Mallya:
Over the years Interlagos has delivered some spectacular racing action and I have no doubt we will see more of the same this year. It's a classic race on a calendar that presents plenty of challenges and I'm confident that we can maintain the form we showed in Abu Dhabi. After a long season I would love to sign off the year in style with both my cars in the points.

Q:
How would you sum up the season as a whole for Sahara Force India?

Vijay Mallya:
I think 2011 has been our most complete season yet. We've developed a car that has been strong in all areas and we've given some of the bigger teams a run for their money. I'm proud of what we have achieved, which is a testament to the dedication and commitment of all the team members. If we can secure sixth in the championship this weekend, it will be a key milestone in the history of this team because the competitiveness of the F1 grid is as intense as I can remember.


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