New Delhi: Vijay Mallya, Force India chairman, is hopeful the second half of the Formula One season will bring more good news for his team. Sounding positive ahead of the German Grand Prix, Mallya said: "The German Grand Prix marks the midpoint of the season and is a good chance to stand back and assess our performance over the first nine races. What is clear is that we have an excellent driver line-up and a car that is improving race by race, which gives us cause to be optimistic about the second half of the year. However, we know there is a big task ahead if we are to catch our closest competitors, Toro Rosso and Sauber."
Mallya, however, rued the missed chances at the British Grand Prix. "Looking back on Silverstone, we have to view it as a missed opportunity. With confusion on the pit wall, we failed to convert our excellent qualifying performance into points, which is incredibly frustrating. These things happen in racing, but we have put measures in place to ensure such a situation cannot happen again," he said.
"Although Silverstone became a race of unrealised potential, we can take a lot of positives from our performance. Over the last few races we have demonstrated that the competitiveness of the carcontinues to improve and we are capable of qualifying consistently in the top ten. What is important now is to deliver that performance in the races where it matters most of all," he added.
Force India driver Adrian Sutil is also excited over the prospect of driving at home and is confident of good showing.