Force India eyeing double finish in Turkish GP
The team comes so close in second qualifying session, now the team management is hoping both the drivers, Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil, will bring home the VJM01 car.Updated: May 06, 2008, 23:40 IST
On a high after its first top 10 finish in Barcelona, a buoyant Force India is now eyeing a double finish this weekend when the Formula One caravan heads east for fifth round of the World Championship at the Istanbul Park circuit.
While getting into the second qualifying session, something the team came so close to achieving on more than one occasion, remains high on the agenda, the team management is hoping both the drivers, Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil, would bring home the VJM01 car on Sunday.
"Nothing is a better feeling at this stage in the season than a top 10 result. We've been in the sport for five months, and it's a feeling that makes us believe in ourselves and confirm that we're making progress," Vijay Mallya, chairman and managing director of the team said.
"Giancarlo had a very strong race in Spain and completely vindicated our decision to take him on at the start of the year. On a faster track in Istanbul that should suit us more, I think there is more to come too," Mallya said.
Though Sutil remains off-color, managing to finish just one of the four races so far, Mallya reposed his faith on the German youngster.
"For Adrian, he was very unfortunate, but I am sure that his luck will turn, as luck does. He's got a lot of talent, he's quick, and I think he can do a good job for us," Mallya said.
Team principal Colin Kolles shared Mallya's optimism and said he would be pleased to see both the drivers finish the race. "As we showed, we are getting closer to the points and this now has to be our main target. We hope that both drivers will finish the race and show that the team is moving forward," Kolles said.
Team's best bet Fisichella is on a high after his superb show in Barcelona and the veteran Italian is anticipating another impressive performance on Sunday.
"We are doing better than we expected at the moment, as apart from Australia, we have finished every race in the top 12," said the former Renault driver.
"I enjoy Istanbul and have had some good results there, including a 4th in 2005. It's a very challenging track with some nice high-speed sections that are difficult to get right. It is going to be a tough race but once again we need to keep pushing," he added.
Fisichella did not rule out scoring a point either. "The car is very reliable and, if we get qualifying right, we could be up there again in the top 10 and ready to take advantage and pick up points if anything happens in front," he said.Similarly, Sutil too is all keyed up, hoping to get it right this time.
"The goal for the Turkish Grand Prix has got to be to get a strong finish and to be able to say we had a good weekend at the end of the event, that is, we had a good race, a good qualifying I want the complete package," he said.
Looking back at his performance so far, Sutil said, "There have been problems in the races until now, with a couple of mechanical failures and accidents. I said in Barcelona that this is where the season should start, and from the performance side I was very happy as I was where I really should be, but then I had some bad luck again at the start."