Sahara Force India looking ahead for the Hungarian GP

Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India F1 team which earned couple of points at the German Grand Prix is now looking ahead for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Dr Vijay Mallya, team principal said ``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. 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.’’

When asked what does he think of the competitiveness at the moment, he said ``I think it’s hard to judge too much from one race because this year we’ve seen most teams experiencing big variances in terms of performance based on circuit characteristics and their understanding of the tyres. In Germany it seemed that others were able to manage their tyres better than us because with Nico we were always debating whether to stop two or three times. With Paul, we couldn’t manage consistent performance during each stint so it’s something we will try and understand before we get to Hungary.’’

It was also mentioned that he said ``People suggest that Hungary might play more to our strengths, but regardless of whether it suits us 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.’’

One of the drivers of the team, Paul Di Resta gets set for racing at the Hungaroring. He said ``As a team we have to be pleased with the start we’ve had to the year. 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.

His team partner Nico Hulkenberg said ``To be honest, I would have hoped for a few more points than I actually have. 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. I have some very good memories, especially looking back to 2010 when I finished sixth, which at that time was the best result of my Formula One career. Also, in 2009 I won the GP2 race at the Hungaroring. So I’m looking forward to going back there, especially because I like the city of Budapest: it’s just a nice place to visit.’’