Vijay Mallya believes the performance shown in Mexico by Sahara Force India F1 Team gives them encouragement for this weekend for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Silverstone-based outfit had a successful Mexican Grand Prix, with both of their drivers finishing in the top ten. Nico Hulkenberg finished in seventh, with Sergio Perez in tenth. Into turn four, Kimi Raikkonen made a move on Hulkenberg, with him later spinning as they got close to touching, although the German did not loose any further positions, due to the gap to those behind.
Perez was left frustrated as he spent much of the afternoon on the tail of Felipe Massa. Despite appearing to have the quicker car, the Mexican was unable to pass, but the performance in Mexico gives the team further encouragement for this weekend.
“Our strong showing in Mexico proved how competitive we are at the moment,” said Mallya. “Gives us further encouragement for this weekend’s race in Sao Paulo.
“We’ve had some good memories from Brazil over the years and it’s a circuit that has staged some special races – often helped by wet weather.”
With these positions in Mexico, it means the team out-scored Williams Martini Racing by one point. Meaning they have extended their advantage in the Constructors’ Championship to nine points with two rounds remaining on the 2016 Formula 1 season.
Team principal Mallya believes the team need to perform to the top of their game to ensure they continue their strong performance from this season.
“It’s a very important weekend for us as we reach crunch time in our battle for fourth place in the championship,” added Mallya.
“With two races to go and a nine-point advantage, every point becomes potentially decisive. We need to be at the top of our game to ensure we finish the job we have done so well all year.”