Hungarian GP: Force India still chasing sixth place in championship
By Berthold Bouman
Force India team owner Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya, is happy with the first half of the season. “I’ve said many times already that this is the best start we have ever had to a season in terms of points scored. So from that perspective I’m satisfied and proud of what we have achieved in the first ten races,” Mallya said.
He praised his drivers, but Force India is now eighth in the Constructors’ Championship, and Mallya has set his sights on sixth place,” Our drivers are doing an excellent job and we are working well as a team so there are lots of reasons to be positive. But at the same time I’m all too aware that we have a big fight on our hands to reclaim our sixth position in the championship.”
And he added, “We just need to be ahead of the teams that we are fighting with in the championship and score points. If you take our immediate competitors, Sauber have had three races without points so far, Williams have had four, and we’ve had three. That’s what we need to address: we need to be scoring at every race.”
Driver Nico Hulkenberg also wants more points, “There were some races where I had some bad luck, which cost me points, especially in Australia where I had a collision on lap one and in Bahrain with a clutch issue at the start. But on the other hand, I am happy with the improvement in performance from both the car and myself. We are regular top ten runners and I hope that we will move a little further up the grid in the second half of the season.”
Asked about the race in Hungary he commented, “I think we should be able to fight for points because we recently looked quite strong on circuits that don’t have so many fast corners, such as Valencia. Although it’s quite a slow circuit, it’s very difficult to get a good lap time because you need to hook up all the corners perfectly, so it’s quite challenging.”
Paul di Resta is also positive about the first half of the season, “We’ve had some strong races and scored more points compared to the same time last year. We seem to have one of the more consistent cars in terms of performance and I think traditionally we’ve been a team that gets stronger as the year progresses. With ten races still to go there are a lot of points on offer and a long way to go in the championship.”
In the video below di Resta talks about the challenge of racing on the tight and twisty confines of the Hungaroring, video by Force India.