Need to regain performance level we showed early in the season, says Vijay Mallya
Sahara Force India drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil will look to improve their performance when they race in the Korean Grand Prix. Di Resta had to retire from the previous race in Singapore after his car hit the barriers, while Sutil finished in 10th position.
With the disappointment of Singapore behind them, Sahara Force India are looking to start afresh in the upcoming Korean Grand Prix on Sunday. The practice sessions begin on Friday and the team is hoping to put on a better show. Team boss Vijay Mallya, who stated in an official media release that he is happy to learn from past mistakes and does not want his drivers to get ahead of themselves.
"It's never been our strongest track, although we did score some points there last year. It's quite low-grip and the cooler temperatures make it a very different challenge. We will go there ready to learn as much as possible, try and improve our qualifying pace and come up with a smart strategy for Sunday," he said.
With the season in it's second half, Mallya is clear about his team's goals and targets. He hopes that Sahara Force India can get as many points as possible and improve with each passing race.
"The objective has not changed. McLaren have a initial stages of the season."
Nico Hulkenberg, who now races for Sauber, finished 6th in last year's edition of the Korean Grand Prix while Paul di Resta came in at 12th position. When asked about how he finds the track in Korea, Di Resta made no reservations on how much he loved to drive on it.
"It's an unusual track, but definitely a place I enjoy driving at. The three sectors are all very different with long straights linked by hairpins, some high-speed corners and a slower technical part of the lap. The tyre choices are the same as in Singapore so it will be interesting to see how they perform. We've always gone well on the supersofts, but struggled more on the medium compound so hopefully we can reverse our slide this weekend," he said.
Di Resta however, is still disappointed after retiring from the race in Singapore. He knows that the schedule ahead is very hectic and is keeping himself fit for the remainder of the season.
"The disappointment still feels quite fresh. When you have a race like that you just want to get back in the car as soon as possible. After the race I went back to Europe for some training and to get myself ready for the final push of the season. October will be the busiest month of the year so it was good to have some quality time at home before we spend the next couple of months travelling."
Teammate Adrian Sutil finished 10th in Singapore. He feels that he had to work hard to earn his one point and is looking forward to racing on the circuit in Korea.
"It was a lot of work for one point, that's for sure! In the race I started on the mediums to do something different with the strategy and that worked out quite well. In the closing laps I was right on the back of the train of cars fighting for points. My tyres were so worn that it was hard to push, so getting a point was a good feeling after a long race."
"I quite like the track and I'm looking forward to it. I haven't been so successful there yet, but I want to make up for that this year. The circuit has a nice layout and a nice flow in the second part of the lap with some high-speed corners. Let's see how the supersoft performs because the corners are very hard on the tyres. That could open up some interesting strategies," he added.
The season so far has been a mixed bag for Force India. The Bahrain Grand Prix saw their best performance as Paul di Resta narrowly missed out on a podium finish after Team Lotus' Romean Grosjean piped him for third place.