‘Mallya deserves credit,’ says Fernley


After claiming fourth, their highest ever finish, on the Constructors’ Championship, Force India boss Bob Fernley has heaped praise on owner Vijay Mallya.

Acquiring Force India back 2007, Fernley lauded Mallya for his dedication and hard work he has put towards the Silverstone-based outfit, with the Indian businessman celebrating ten-years at the franchise next year.

“Yes, he deserves a lot of credit,” Fernley told Autosport.

“Vijay celebrates 10 years in Formula 1 next year. There are not many individual team owners that have been around for 10 years and he continues to support it.

“That’s fundamentally where it [the reason for the team’s rise] is. I don’t think it’s any magic, it’s just about consistency, attention to detail and good people.”

Beating Williams to fourth place on the Championship, the Force India boss is excited of what the future holds for the team.

“It’s really the moral boost. What it does is it endorses what the team has been doing for the last three or four years,” he continued.

“You can never underestimate the enthusiasm this will drive through the team and [help] bring it to the next stage.

“While it’s nice to have the extra funding coming in, that is incidental to the enthusiasm it will put in and the commitment it will deliver for 2017.”