'Force India need to lift their game'

Sahara Force India need to lift their performance as a unit if the Silverstone-based side wants to finish among top six in the constructors’ championship in this year’s Formula One season, team principal and managing director Vijay Mallya said on Thursday.

Although Mallya believes Sahara Force India started on a bright note this season, a podium finish continues to elude the outfit.

“It’s seriously competitive with seven different winners in seven races, all of which is great for the sport. But while it’s hard to predict, we still need to lift our game, especially if we want to target fifth or sixth in the constructors’ championship,” Mallya said ahead of Sunday’s European Grand Prix.

“Yes, we’ve had one of our best starts to a season ever in terms of points scored, but the teams around us have also performed exceptionally well.

“The teams that we have been comparable with in the past few years like Sauber and Williams, have been on the podium, and I’m sure our time will come, as long as we get things right. It’s something we need to do sooner than later because we are quickly approaching the midway point of the season,” he said.

“I hope we can recapture our form in Valencia, return to the points and demonstrate our potential.”

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