Failing to fulfill their potential so far this season, Force India team boss Vijay Mallya has expressed his disappointment with the teams’ performances in 2016.
Gathering up only six points in their opening three seasons, Mallya admitted that he expected them to be in a much better position, especially with the caliber of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez behind the steering wheel of their cars.
However, despite being unhappy about the opening couple races, the Indian businessman added that it is not all doom and gloom as they have been strong in qualifiers and that they are not far off of where they were positioned last year at around the same point of the season, where they enjoyed one of their most successful seasons.
“In all honesty we expected more from the start of the season, but for various reasons the cards have not fallen for us,” Mallya ESPN.
“It’s worth making a comparison with 2015 because after three races last year we were in a similar position with seven points, one point more than we have this year, and that turned out to be our most successful season ever.
“With 18 races to go there is a long season ahead and we have plenty of opportunities to turn around our fortunes.
“There is no doubt that we have an inherently quick car. We’ve always qualified inside the top ten and Checo [Sergio Perez] lined up seventh on the grid in China.
“In the race we fell a bit short, so that is one area where we can improve. We are also working hard to bring an upgrade package to Barcelona: it’s an aero step and further suspension evolutions, which will bring some performance gains.”
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