Motorsport Week  |    12 September 2017

Force India not easing off on 2017 development


Force India boss Vijay Mallya says the team is not easing off on developing its VJM10 in its attempts to secure fourth position in this year’s Constructors’ Championship.

Force India has pulled away from its perennial midfield rivals this year and holds fourth spot in the standings, with a comfortable 58-point buffer back to fifth-placed Williams.

However, despite its advantage, Mallya says the operation is pressing on with its developments and must maintain its current mindset if it is to wrap up fourth for a second successive season.

“It feels pretty good for our team to be sitting in fourth place in the championship as we get ready for the Singapore Grand Prix,” said Mallya.

“The strong showing at Monza brought us our tenth double points finish of the season, which is a tremendous effort by the entire team.

“With seven races to go, the season is rushing by quickly and we just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year long.

“It’s about being consistent, picking up the points and taking our opportunities.

“We haven’t eased off. Development of the VJM10 continues and will bring benefits for the 2018 car too.

“We are still bringing new parts to the track and both cars will have developments this weekend.”

Sergio Pérez has finished in the points in each of the six Singapore Grands Prix he has entered, with a best of seventh in 2014 and 2015, and is hoping to extend that record this weekend.

“I love street circuits in general and this is a special lap,” said Pérez.

“There’s no room for error – the wall is always next to you; one mistake and you’re out.

“Our objective is obviously to score points in Singapore and in all the races to follow.

“The season may be nearing an end, but there are still some very important races ahead of us and we want to make sure we do our best to stay fourth in the championship.”


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