Ryan Wood  |    |   1  |  17 July 2018

Force India 'due a change in fortune' - Vijay Mallya

Force India is due a change in fortune in the second half of the Formula 1 season, believes team boss Vijay Mallya, after an "unlucky" opening half to the 2018 campaign.

Force India currently holds sixth in the Constructors' championship standings, 21 points behind Renault, which holds the fourth place that the Silverstone-based outfit has bagged for the last two years.

Meanwhile Haas, in fifth, is just two points ahead of Force India, with McLaren a solitary point adrift in seventh.

Force India scored just one point in the opening three races before Sergio Perez delivered a podium finish in Azerbaijan; following that the operation struggled again with only 12 points in four races after getting caught up in incidents.

Mallya is nonetheless confident Force India turned a corner with a strong showing in both Austria and Britain, although the latter could have been better had Sergio Perez not spun at the start.

"It’s been satisfying to get both cars in the points for the last two races," said Mallya. "It’s what we need to do for our fight in the Constructors’ championship.

"Germany marks the halfway point in the season and it feels as though we have some momentum now. The updates we introduced in Silverstone helped and there’s more performance to be unlocked.

"We’ve been a bit unlucky in the first half of the season, especially getting caught up in first lap incidents, so I think we are due a change in fortune"

Mallya added that the team needs to target double-points finishes in the remaining races if it is to climb to fourth, but is wary such an achievement will be difficult due to the tightly-congested nature of the midfield.

"Scoring points in all of the remaining races is a realistic target, but I expect the midfield fight to get even closer in the races to come."

Perez meanwhile is confident of a strong showing this weekend at the Hockenheimring, adding: "I was happy to rescue a point last weekend in Silverstone after a big recovery.

"The main focus for Germany is to have a clean weekend because if we maximise our performance we can be at the front of the midfield. There is a long way to go [11 races] and lots to play for. We are finding a bit more performance with each race and I still believe we can target fourth place in the championship."

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