Force India confident of competitive run in Malaysian GP
Force India had a difficult Saturday in Singapore but bounced back on Sunday to score 11 points to extend its hold on fourth position in the constructors' championship.
The Indian outfit had introduced a 'stegosaurus' named winglet on its shark fin in a bid to further strengthen its position, with team boss Vijay Mallya stating of more updates on the car ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend.
"Leaving Singapore with 11 points to help consolidate our fourth place in the championship was a very satisfactory outcome from a tricky weekend," said Mallya. "It reminds us that even after a tough qualifying session, there is always plenty to fight for on Sunday.
"We also took a lot of positives from the pace of the VJM10 during the race and it’s clear that we have the potential for some more strong performances in the final six events.
"This weekend is the last visit to Sepang for the foreseeable future and hopefully we can sign-off with some points. It probably won’t be our strongest circuit of the year, but we should be competitive, especially with the updates we continue to bring to the car.
"The drivers enjoy the quick corners and it’s always been a good track for overtaking and competitive racing," the Indian added.
Force India has had a good run of points in Malaysia with a best of fifth place twice in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Last year it had a strong double points finish of sixth and eighth place.
Sergio Perez has had a mixed run at Sepang, where he scored his first Formula 1 podium. But in six outings he has only three points finishes at the circuit (including the podium).
Meanwhile, Esteban Ocon, who finished 16th last year in his maiden run at the circuit, believes a combination of fast and medium-speed corners make it an enjoyable run.
With Force India comfortably in fourth having 124 points in its kitty, the drivers' standings has Perez in seventh with 68 points - tied with sixth placed Max Verstappen - while Ocon is eighth with 56.