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'Force India can be a strong team'

Fisichella says that if the team keeps improving there is no reason why they could not end season with some precious points in their kitty

india Updated: Jan 11, 2008 16:29 IST
Amlan Chakraborty
Amlan Chakraborty

An impressive drivers' line-up and a decent budget convince Force India's Italian recruit Giancarlo Fisichella that the team has the wherewithal to evolve into a strong mid-field outfit.

Talking to PTI after a glitzy ceremony to mark the team's driver line-up on Thursday night, Fisichella said the team would have a tough time initially but if they could keep improving, there is no reason why they could not end the season with some precious points in their kitty.

"This is going to be a difficult start to the season. The first few races are not going to be easy for us. The key is not to bother and keep improving. Our real chance lies in the second half of the calendar and if we get the right direction, I think we can push to make Force India a middle-rung team," he said.

"Make no mistake, we are not going to win a race or getting a place in the podium. But with an increased budget, we will strive for the best possible result and from back on the grid, we can definitely become a mid-field team," he said.

With Vijay Mallya, along with Mol family, taking over Spykar and rechristening it Force India, the team has been handed an annual budget of $ 120 million, compared to last year's budget of $70 million.