Force India ‘can take on Williams’


Force India head to this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix confident that they can become one of the top four teams.

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez have spent much of the 2015 campaign chasing the tails of Mercedes, Ferrari, Williams, and even the troubled Red Bulls. To date, Perez's fifth-place finish at the Belgian Grand Prix is the best result the team has achieved this season.

Perez finished sixth last time out in Italy, with Hulkenberg coming home in seventh after both Lotus cars failed to finish. While this saw the Silverstone-based team seize the advantage in the race for fifth spot in the Constructors' standings, fifth is not a position that the team are satisfied with.

However, Hulkenberg is optimistic about the team's chances of notching up a top-four finish at the Marina Bay street circuit on Sunday.

"Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are in front but if we do our homework right, I believe we can take on Williams here," he told The Straits Times. "We have been going upward and forward in recent months and the potential is there to go even further."

Perez was equally bullish, praising the team for their fighting spirit.

"We may not have the budget of the big teams, but what you get from Force India is a true underdog," asserted the 25-year-old. "The entire team, from the drivers to the engineers, don't know how to quit. The more people write us off, the faster we go."