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Mallya confident of continued success

Tuesday 17-June-2014 11:01

Force India owner Vijay Mallya insists his team will continue to try their best to upset the Formula One favourites throughout the year.

Force India have been the surprise package of the season so far and are in fourth place in the Constructors' Championship after seven races.

Sergio Perez claimed their first podium since 2009 when he finished in third place in Bahrain, and has scored points in each of the other six races.

His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg has only finished outside the top six on one occasion this year and has four fifth-place results to his name.

"I am very proud of what the team has achieved so far, but by no means are we going to ease off at this point," Mallya told crash.net ahead of this week's Austrian Grand Prix.

"The development race is not going to stop, so we are working hard to bring updates to the car and give our drivers an even better chance to score big results. Of course, we have shown a good level of consistency, being able to score in every race so far, and we want to continue to be able to ruffle a few feathers in the top spots.

"Let's not forget that Nico drove a brilliant race to score another ten points but, up until the last lap, it looked like being an even sweeter result with both cars very well placed.

"Sadly it was not meant to be, but the car, the team and the drivers performed admirably throughout the whole weekend.

"The VJM07 was very competitive; we got all the strategy calls right and we were on course for one of our best ever results. The accident for Sergio on the last lap took that away from us, but we should not forget the positives: our tyre management was excellent and we were able to race at the front and challenge for the win. It was one of our strongest races."

While this week's race at the Red Bull Arena outside Spielberg will be a new experience for Force India, Mallya is confident that his drivers will once again be near the front of the grid come Sunday.

"The last time F1 raced there, the cars were very different from what they are now so it is difficult to predict how the pecking order will be," he continued.

"We don't expect massive surprises, however - cars that have been competitive so far will retain their advantage. The track layout seems likely to be favourable to the characteristics of the VJM07, but the competitive order is very tight and we will need to be performing at our best to come away with a good result."

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