Vijay Mallya admits he is proud with the way his Sahara Force India F1 Team have performed so far in 2017, and the sixth and seventh place finishes for Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon in the Russian Grand Prix was positive for everyone within the Silverstone-based outfit.
Mallya, the Team Principal of Force India, feels that four consecutive two-car points finishes proves they are heading in the right direction, with both drivers taking chances that are presented to them in order to maximise their results, something he wants them to continue into this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, the first European race of the season and race five of the championship.
“Ahead of the European leg of the season, we can look back on the start of the year feeling pretty happy,” said Mallya. “We continued our 100% points-scoring record by adding another 14 points in Sochi to consolidate our fourth place in the championship.
“I’m proud of the team and how we are performing. We’re taking our chances and racing intelligently. Sergio’s remarkable consistency continued with a fourteenth straight points finish, while Esteban secured his best ever result in Formula One with a seventh place.
“To have scored points with both cars in every race gives me confidence for the rest of the year. We want to hold on to fourth place. Our planned development programme will continue in Barcelona where hopefully we can take another step forward with the VJM10.”