Vijay Mallya says his decade-long experience at the helm of Force India has taught him that the fight for fourth place in the 2016 Constructors’ championship is likely to have “more twists and turns” over the remaining six races.
Force India enters this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix three points ahead of its rivals, having got back ahead of the Grove-based outfit at Singapore last time out.
Since the end of the summer break, the momentum has been shifting from one team to the other and Mallya expects the trend to continue until Abu Dhabi.
"We are certainly at the ‘business’ end of the season,” the Force India boss said. “The morale is high; the drivers are happy and the car is working well. So we feel optimistic, but after nine years as a Team Principal I’m well aware that we cannot take anything for granted.
“Formula One always throws up surprises and I imagine there will be more twists and turns to come. So I’ve told the team to keep doing the same job we have done all year and to enjoy the challenge ahead of us. Being back in fourth place is important, but it’s being there at the end of the season that counts.”
Should Force India hold on to fourth place, that would be the Silverstone-based's best-ever result since its inception in 2008.