Force India targets strong podium finish for catching Sauber

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya is very confident that the team still targets a strong podium finish in this season for catching Sauber in the 2012 constructors’ championship.

The Force India speedy Paul di Resta finished fourth place in last grand prix at Singapore GP and his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg took fourth place in Belgian GP.

The Brit is currently 11th in the drivers’ championship and his team-mate Hulkenberg now 14th place. In constructors’ championship Force India now 26 points behind the main rival Sauber.

Q. Is catching Sauber a more realistic target now?

Vijay Mallya: I still remember the situation in 2010 when Williams pipped us by one point at the last race, so I guess it’s not over until it’s over! I’m still hoping that we can do it and one strong podium finish could help to wipe out Sauber’s advantage. It all depends how strong our rivals are in the final six races, but we certainly have some momentum.

Q. Sahara Force India picked up another fourth place in Singapore – it seems the team is edging ever closer to the podium…

VM: As I’ve said before that little bit of luck has eluded us. Hopefully it will come to us one day, because we’ve shown the pace of the car. This is the second time we’ve finished fourth in the last three races, so we’re becoming the bridesmaid a bit too often! Paul drove fantastically well and we earned 12 points. It’s not bad to be sitting at this stage of the season with 75 points in total – we’ve come a long way.

Q. Any thoughts on Suzuka?

VM: Historically Suzuka has never been our best track, but hopefully this time the team has something up its sleeve. I think we have been pretty consistent on most tracks this season so we are quietly confident that we can perform well this weekend. I certainly hope we can pull some rabbits out of the hat in Japan and Korea and come away with some more points.

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