Force India: McLaren not out of reach

Force India: McLaren not out of reach

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Force India: McLaren not out of reach

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Force India boss Vijay Mallya has not ruled out beating McLaren in the constructors’ championship despite his team’s poor recent run.

Mallya’s operation was ahead in the battle for fifth place until the Belgian Grand Prix, when McLaren moved in front. Force India has struggled to maintain its early season form, with McLaren having outscored the Silverstone team 39-3 in the last five races.

McLaren is now 14 points ahead with six races remaining, a gap Mallya insists can still be closed down.

“The objective has not changed. McLaren have a points lead over us, but they are not totally out of reach,” said Mallya. “As I’ve said before, turning on the tires is paramount and we are working hard to achieve this. There are a lot of points on offer and we need to try and regain the performance level we showed in the first part of the season.”

Mallya is aware, however, that this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix will not represent the best opportunity for his team, as it is a track where Force India has struggled in the past.

“It’s never been our strongest track, although we did score some points there last year,” he said. “It’s quite low-grip and the cooler temperatures make it a very different challenge.

“We will go there ready to learn as much as possible, try and improve our qualifying pace and come up with a smart strategy for Sunday.”

FORCE INDIA VS. McLAREN

Finishing positions of Paul di Resta/Adrian Sutil versus Jenson Button/Sergio Perez in the last five races.

Race        Force India     McLaren     Points gap*Germany     11th/13th       6th/8th             12Hungary     DNF/DNF         7th/9th              8Belgium     DNF/9th         6th/11th             6Italy       DNF/DNF         10th/12th            1Singapore   DNF/10th        7th/8th              9* Total points Force India has surrendered to McLaren at each round

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