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Force India will 'bounce back quickly'

Monday 08-April-2013 13:15

Vijay Mallya believes Force India will return to the top-ten in China having solved their wheel nut issues.

Bagging a double points-finish in Australia, the team had hoped to continue that run in Malaysia but it was not to be.

Both Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil retired from the grand prix after experiencing problems with Force India's new captive wheel nut system.

But despite that setback, team owner, Mallya, is confident of a return to the points at this weekend's Chinese GP.

"The first two races of 2013 have been an encouraging start to the season," said the Indian businessman.

"The VJM06 is a solid contender with competitive race pace, we have an excellent pair of drivers and the right technical package in place. Most importantly, the whole team is working together well.

"Even though the last race in Malaysia was very disappointing, I know we have the potential to bounce back quickly and get a good result in Shanghai.

"Throughout the Sepang weekend, we had a quick car and the drivers felt good about their chances.

"We were confident of bringing both cars home in the points until the wheel nut issue let us down. We've had three weeks to understand what went wrong and have worked hard fix the root cause of the problem."

He added: "The next two weekends, with races in China and Bahrain, will put us in a position to see where we really stand in comparison with our rivals.

"Everyone in the team is looking forward to this challenge and I am confident we will put the disappointment of Malaysia behind us and bring home some big points."

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