Buoyed up by his team’s performance at the German Grand Prix, Force India Team Boss Vijay Mallya is keen to show that the teams recent upturn in performance was not a one off.
Adrian Sutil ran as high as second in Germany and looked set to score the first point of the season
for him and the team until he and Kimi Raikkonen
collided following the first round of pit stops. Team Principal Vijay Mallya is keen to show that the recent upturn in performance for his Silverstone-based team is not a one off as the team prepare for the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.
“I am confident that Germany was not just a one-hit wonder for us,” the Indian billionaire said. “We always said the first few races would be compromised by the late signing of the Mercedes deal but since then we've been introducing new upgrades and each one has been a step forward.
“We had hoped that this progress would be reflected in Silverstone, but due to events on track, we couldn't show the full potential. In Germany this is what you saw. Over the course of the season so far we've calculated we've improved by something like 1.
7 seconds, which I don't think any other team has done. It's been done by solid hard work and not just getting lucky.”
With Toro Rosso Ferrari introducing a significant aerodynamic upgrade this weekend, Force India could be expected to battling towards the back of the field. According to Mallya however, the VJM02 package has the raw performance to make it into the second round of qualifying and therefore a top 15 grid position.
“I genuinely think that we are Q2 contenders for the rest of the season, and with Hungary being a circuit where qualifying is so crucial, we're in with a shot of a good finish,” Mallya declared. “We're so close to points we can almost touch them. It has to be soon.”