Force India 'knocking on podium door'

Tuesday 04-June-2013 11:27

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya believes his squad are now closer than ever to ending their podium drought.

The Silverstone team's last podium came in 2009 at the Belgian Grand Prix when Giancarlo Fisichella finished second behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen after starting in pole position.

Although they haven't been able to match that so far this season, Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta have been mixing it with the front-runners with the latter finishing fourth in Bahrain and his German team-mate claiming P5 last time out in Monaco.

"I think we are now knocking on the door of our first podium finish since 2009, and it's time to do that all-important step," Mallya said. "Montreal would be a great place to do so - it is a track that favours overtaking and our car has shown the race pace to finish among the leaders, so everything is possible."

Force India are fifth in the Constructors' Championship, seven points ahead of McLaren, and Mallya is confident they can continue to mix it with the big boys.

"I am proud of everyone in the team because we have achieved good results - and claimed 44 points - despite some very unfortunate occurrences," he said.

"With a bit more luck, we would be even further ahead of McLaren: but the focus is on the future. We know our rivals will be more competitive in the next few rounds, but we have shown we can mix with the big teams and we intend to do so for the coming races too."

This weekend's Canadian Grand Prix will be a historic one for Force India as it will mark their 100th grand prix.

"When we started back in 2008 we simply had the ambition to break out of Q1 and we dreamed of scoring points," Mallya said. "Seeing where we stand today is therefore extremely rewarding and motivates us all to continue working just as hard for the next 100 races."

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