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Force India ready for P5 battle

Tuesday 21-May-2013 12:12

Force India are determined to hang onto fifth place in the standings, but they know it won't be easy.

Not many people would've predicted the Silverstone team would be ahead of McLaren after five races, but Vijay Mallya's squad has outperformed their British rivals so far.

Paul di Resta has scored the bulk of their points, but Adrian Sutil has also chipped in despite being one of the unluckiest drivers on the track so far this campaign.

Team principal Mallya says they are "capable" of fighting for fifth place in the races to come and hope to stay on the front foot in Monaco by getting both cars in the top 10.

"In our first European race, two weeks ago in Barcelona, the team once again showed its form," he said. "A strong points finish by Paul di Resta ensured we held on to fifth position in the World Championship, and we look capable of fighting at this level in the races to come.

"With a little help from Lady Luck, who hasn't been much on Adrian Sutil's side lately, we will be able to score points with both cars and firmly establish our position in the Championship. So far our weakness has been failing to get both cars home in the points and it's something we need to remedy."

Di Resta, meanwhile, warns that McLaren will bounce back sooner or later, but it's important that Force India keep ahead of their main rivals.

"McLaren is a strong team and they will keep improving, but in the races so far we have been fighting them and we've often been quicker," he said.

"Realistically, though, we are doing a great job regularly beating our direct rivals - Sauber, Williams and Toro Rosso. Our strength has been our consistency - we have been performing well in each of the races so far, and we are now looking forward to the Sundays with confidence."

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