Force India team owner Vijay Mallya has said that he is “quietly confident” ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Speaking about the pre-season testing, which wrapped up last weekend, the Indian billionaire said that he was happy with the progress of the team: “It was certainly a good week in terms of mileage because we completed the second highest number of laps of all the teams. So we can be satisfied with the amount and quality of the work we were able to carry out. We’ve learned a lot of things – by no means everything – and I think we can feel quietly confident.”
He also admitted that he was feeling weary due to the unpredictably that the new V6 engines would bring to the race.
“I think we can arrive in Melbourne feeling happy about the work we’ve done over the winter. How that will translate to a race weekend is hard to say, but I think it’s important that an element of unpredictability has returned. There is plenty of interest around Formula One at the moment and that’s a good thing.
“It’s been a massive challenge [over the winter], especially for a smaller team like ours. That was why we put so many plans in place early last year to be ready for what has become a very different Formula One. All the hard work has paid off, but it has been a very steep learning curve and a huge undertaking to get where we are today.”
The Australian Grand Prix is next Sunday, the 16th March, and Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will take to the grid for Force India.
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