Formula 1

Mallya Wants a “Special Result” At 200th Grand Prix

1 Mins read
Vijay Mallya chats with sunglasses
Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sahara Force India F1 Team Team Principal Vijay Mallya said he’s hoping for something special to mark their 200th race in Formula 1 at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Having bought former team Spyker in 2008 and rebranded as Force India, Mallya’s team’s first race was the 2008 Australian Grand Prix, with drivers Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella. Since then Force India have been a firm fan favourite of the midfield, and a springboard for some drivers. Whilst they struggled in their first season, finishing level-last on no points with Super Aguri, they’ve gone from strength to strength in the top tier – working their way up to a Constructors’ Championship best of fourth in 2016 and 2017.

Though they’re yet to take their first race win, the team has taken a total of 1,015 points, six podiums, five fastest laps and one pole position (Fisichella at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix) in their ten-year tenure. Whilst this might be a relatively short history compared to current competitors on the grid, they have more races under their belt than Haas F1 Team (49) and Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport.

Commenting on this historic milestone for the Silverstone-based team, Mallya said that the battle for the midfield is incredibly close, and the team need to focus on working hard to capture it.

After a challenging weekend in France we hope that Austria will bring better fortunes. It’s our 200th race weekend and it would be nice to celebrate the milestone with a special result. It’s been a long journey since 2008 and I’m very proud of the results we have achieved, especially in 2016 and 2017. It’s an incredibly busy time of the season with four races in five weeks and the fight in the middle of the grid remains very close. We will keep working hard to be at the front of the midfield as the season progresses.

Related posts
Formula 1

"A home race for every team is special" - Alpine's Marcin Budkowski

1 Mins read
The Alpine F1 Team celebrate their first home Grand Prix this weekend, as the French Grand Prix makes a return to the calendar after being cancelled last year due to coronavirus.
Formula 1

"It feels like so long ago since I lined up for my home Grand Prix" - Esteban Ocon

3 Mins read
The French Grand Prix marks a return home for Esteban Ocon as well as a first home Grand Prix for the Alpine team in Formula 1.
Formula 1

Pirelli to use "most versatile combination" at Circuit Paul Ricard - Mario Isola

1 Mins read
Pirelli go into this weekends French Grand Prix under immense pressure after the race changing tyre failures last time out in Azerbaijan.

1 Comment

Leave a Reply