F1: Vijay Mallya doesn’t affect Force India; team to battle Red Bull, Williams for fourth place

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Force India will challenge the likes of Red Bull and Williams for fourth place in the upcoming Formula one (F1) season. The F1 team based in Silverstone also does not suffer any impact from the recent legal issues owner Vijay Mallya is facing at his home country, India.

Force India finished the 2015 F1 season at fifth place on the constructor’s championship. Having coming off their best season, the Silverstone-based team is hoping to continue their momentum. With progress data collected from the recent Barcelona testing, Otmar Szafnauer, team COO believes that they are in a position to make further improvements in the upcoming year.

“We think we’re not far off starting where we left off last season. I think we’re in that realm, which is good for us, to maintain all the improvements we made in the latter half of the last season over the winter.” Szafnauer said, according to Fox Sports.

The team will feature new upgrades in the second race of the season at Bahrain and also at the Barcelona Grand Prix set to be held on May 15, 2016. With experienced drivers like Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in the fray, who has both experience of driving a lot of races, the team is looking forward to having the best season in its recent history in F1.

However, Szafnauer was quick to address that maintaining the previous season’s position of fifth would be a great achievement considering the increase in competition.

“Hanging onto fifth would be an achievement. As a stretch objective we should be targeting more than one podium this year. And if we can do both those things, the maybe challenging fro fourth wouldn’t be far-fetched.” Otmar added.

Meanwhile, Otmar also commented regarding team owner Vijay Mallya’s recent legal issues. He said that the team doesn’t get affected by the news. The only conversation he has with Mallya is regarding the “performance of the car”.

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