Force India’s Vijay Mallya: “It would be special to end the season in style”


Credit: Sahara Force India F1 Team

Vijay Mallya believes the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a great opportunity to look back on the work the team have achieved during the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Sahara Force India F1 Team have had a strong season, after finishing in the points consecutively since the British Grand Prix. Sergio Perez had a good Brazilian Grand Prix after finishing in fourth, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing in seventh. The team are currently twenty-seven points ahead of rival Williams Martini Racing in the Constructors’ Championship, where they sit fourth.

Team principal Mallya confirms that he has always been confident in the team, with everyone determined to get the job done.

“After scoring well in Brazil,” said Mallya. “We head to Abu Dhabi on the verge of achieving our best ever finish in the constructors’ championship.

“There is one final step to take and everyone is determined to get the job done and end the season on a high with a strong result. The final race is a great opportunity to look back at the work we have done this year. I have always been confident in our team, even when circumstances played against us in the early races and we didn’t get the results our pace deserved.”

This weekend’s Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit marks Hulkenberg’s final race with the Silverstone-based outfit before he makes the switch to Renault Sport Formula 1 Team for the 2017 season. With scoring some good results in the past in Abu Dhabi, Mallya hopes for a special end to the season.

“Abu Dhabi is the culmination of all our efforts, but there is no room for complacency,” added Mallya. “Both our drivers have an extra bit of motivation to do well

“Checo to cross the 100-point threshold, which would be the first time ever for a Force India driver; Nico to close his Force India adventure on a high. This is a track that brought us some good results in the past and it would be special to end the season in style.”