Force India have always been a team to punch above their weight given their capabilities and have almost solidified P4 in the current general constructors rankings in Formula One.
Building on a very consistent 2016 season where they finished P4, the aim for 2017 has been to go one better and beat Red Bull Racing for P3 and thereby join the bracket of the “top teams” in F1.
Ahead of the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has said that the team is “not giving up” on catching Red Bull.
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“It’s very satisfying to see two good competitive drivers”, said Mallya. “I couldn’t ask for more, two cars regularly in the points – it’s what we need.
“We’re up to 95 points in 10 races, we’ve never had this kind of points tally in the history of the team that I can remember. We’re 54 ahead of Williams, our nearest competitor, and slowly consolidating ourselves in fourth position.
“I said at the beginning of the year that given the fact the 2017 car is a brand new car with no carry over whatsoever from last year, we would have to engage in a robust development programme right through the year. So that was always planned and it’s no surprise to us.
“Let’s see what opportunities the second half of the season throws up. I’m not giving up on chasing Red Bull. It’s always good to set our targets high. That allows you to really change yourself.
“Whether we get that or not, finishing fourth a consecutive year is a credible achievement.”
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– Aditya Bhat.