Sept.06 – The Silverstone based F1 squad Force India’s team boss Vijay Mallya targeting double points finish for Italian GP. Force Indian improved pace on the second half of this season, Force India’s diver Adrian Sutil finished sixth in Germany and seventh in Belgium, while Paul di Resta was seventh at the Hungaroring GP.
“The target now is to get both drivers in the points and I’m hopeful Monza will give us a chance to do that. Mallya said. The VJM04 worked well at Spa and the drivers were happy with the balance in low downforce trim. That’s a good sign for Monza where we take another step down on the downforce levels. Looking back on the last three races I am very pleased with the performances we have shown. Three strong points finishes on the trot have earned us 20 points and taken us a step closer to sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship. It’s a clear sign that we are delivering as a team on all levels and our season is now gathering some real momentum.
“I particularly enjoyed the last race in Spa where the racing was excellent. I felt Adrian’s seventh place was a fair reflection of our pace and a good recovery after our difficult qualifying session. At the same time we were fortunate because both cars picked up quite a lot of damage during the first corner and were lucky to finish. Italy in September is a wonderful place to visit and is a great venue for a motor racing. There is a great tradition at Monza which, along with the passionate tifosi, helps make this one of the most enjoyable races of the season.”
The British speedy Di Resta himself said that he felt the car should work well in Italy, but that its significant strength on low downforce tracks was likely to be less of a factor.
“I’m fairly optimistic that Monza will suit us,” Di Resta said. “In the past we were very strong there, but we have a different philosophy now and the car has worked well on all circuits. It’s going to be another close midfield fight but I believe we can come away with some points.” Sutil explained why the VJM04 was less likely to have a straight-line speed advantage, but said that the cars consistent competitiveness gave him confidence.
“I think our car is more consistent on all tracks rather than just being strong on the quick circuits,” he said. “Also, because everyone is now using DRS and KERS, the advantage of our straight-line speed is not so significant. It’s still a fast car, but we were seventh in Hungary on a high downforce circuit and got the same result in Spa on a low downforce circuit. So it’s a very consistent car now and I expect a good race at Monza.”
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