New Delhi: After a good result in the European Grand Prix, Force India is now preparing for Silverstone, the home race for Paul Di Resta and most of the team's staff. Much interest will surround a rule clarification that will prevent teams from using engine mapping to blow exhaust gases into the diffuser when the driver is off the throttle. Team Principal, Dr. Vijay Mallya, though is optimistic about the British Grand Prix and said he was happy with the performance in Valencia. Excerpts
Adrian took a solid ninth place in Valencia on a day when 24 cars finished. Were you pleased with that outcome?
We were very happy with the performance of the car. A little bit disappointed that we didn't get eighth, but we were all taken by surprise that Alguersuari made only two stops. He had the 20 seconds advantage of one less pit stop, and there was not very much we could do. Adrian drove a perfect race. Paul was also going extremely well. We could have done better with his pit stops, but that's racing I guess. We targeted the Renaults, and we beat them, we targeted the Saubers as well, and beat them. A Toro Rosso slipped past with one less pit stop, but things are going in the right direction.
Did Valencia make up for the disappointment of two retirements in Canada?
Of course I'm very happy. I still say Montreal was points thrown away, but I guess in those conditions one just has to accept that's racing. It's a lot tougher this year, a lot more competitive than it was last year, so we've got to be on top of our game.