Force India have set their sights on finishing in the points at this week’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.
Force India’s troubles have been well documented with the team failing to get its 2015 car ready until the final pre-season test in Barcelona. As a result, the Silverstone based squad finds itself in the back foot and squabbling for minor point finishes.
"Everyone in the team deserves credit for the strong reliability of the VJM08, but there is a long way to go on the development path,’’ said team principal Vijay Mallya. “We know the areas we need to improve and I’ve been impressed with the attitude of the team. The morale is strong and we will keep fighting hard to score as many points as we can in these early races.
“The upcoming weekend in China will be an interesting one. We will try and take some steps forward, based on what we have learned in Malaysia, and we will go to Shanghai targeting points. Formula One put on a very good show in Sepang so let’s hope for more close racing this weekend,’’ he added.
Nico Hulkenberg also played down the expectations after finishing in 14th place at the last race.
“It's a fun track to drive and a challenge to get right. I’m not going there with any big expectations, but we’ve got to believe we can fight for some points,’’ said the German. “It wasn’t possible in Malaysia, but we certainly put up a good fight and will keep working hard. I think our performance level will be similar this weekend.”
Force India currently stand 7th in the championship with as many points, all of which were scored at the season-opener in Australia.