Force India Team Principal Vijay Mallya says he is extremely satisfied with his team’s performance during the first four races of this season. The team has more than double the amount of points they had by this point last year, 54 compared to 26 after the first four races. Sergio Perez also secured their first podium since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix at the Bahrain GP this April.
“I think we can feel extremely satisfied with our performance during the first four races,” Mallya said. “We’ve been in the points in every race, Sergio has been on the podium and Nico has finished no lower than sixth place. We’ve already scored 70% of the total points we scored in 2013 and that puts us in a fantastic position to potentially enjoy our best season to date.”
“It’s encouraging that we have performed well across a wide range of circuits, so I’m optimistic that we can maintain our competitive form in Barcelona. China has never been an especially strong track for us, so to come away with ten points was a very good effort. We also expect our car to perform better in warmer conditions and there are some upcoming races that will play more to our strengths. At the same time we know that Formula One never stands still and Barcelona is always a pivotal moment in the development race, but I’m optimistic we can keep up our momentum.”
Speaking of Force India’s recent partnership with Smirnoff, Mallya said: “It’s an exciting time for us. Smirnoff is another global brand keen to be part of our journey and ready to take advantage of the marketing power offered by Formula One. The partnership means we have now signed ten new partners in the last six months and that has made a vital contribution to our competitiveness this year.”
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