Watch out for us next year: Mallya

Updated: 20 July 2008 11:37 IST

Vijay Mallya does not miss the big picture even amid the smoke created by a string of below-par shows by the Force India cars.

Watch out for us next year: Mallya

Hockenheim (Germany):

Vijay Mallya does not miss the big picture even amid the smoke created by a string of below-par shows by the Force India cars and insists the newest kid on the Formula One block would emerge as a force to reckon with next year.

Mallya concedes the team probably has gone flat since its impressive Melbourne debut but said he was not panicking, for he has his eyes set on next year.

"At the start of the season in Melbourne we were right up there, and competing with Honda and Williams and Toro Rosso. We achieved a 12th place, an 11th place, a 10th place finish, and we were running fourth in Monaco. Then suddenly everything has gone a bit flat, and the gap increased, so clearly the others made more progress than we did," Mallya said.

"...if I keep on hammering the team to produce better results this season, I'll compromise 2009, which is a huge opportunity. Trust me, I'm putting my heart, soul, money and a lot more into 2009, and I intend to be right there," he said.

He said the variables make Formula One such an unpredictable and exciting sport, even though Force India proved exceptionally unlucky at times.

"That's what makes it so exciting, but makes it equally frustrating. I can't help but think about the fact that Rubens Barrichello was a couple of tenths away from Adrian (Sutil) in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, and when Adrian was running, he was in 11th and Barrichello was 10th.

"As we know, Rubens finished on the podium after a great race, so maybe we could have done things better. So this race was really an opportunity missed. Hopefully we'll not make the same mistake again," Mallya said.



Topics : Formula 1 Kevin Pietersen
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