Sahara Force India looks forward to Japanese Grand Prix

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After the good show at Singapore Grand Prix, Sahara Force India looks forward to the Japanese Grand Prix. Team principal Dr Mallya who cherished the fourth place in Singapore, is looking ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix. He said "As I’ve said before that little bit of luck has eluded us. Hopefully it will come to us one day, because we’ve shown the pace of the car. This is the second time we’ve finished fourth in the last three races, so we’re becoming the bridesmaid a bit too often! Paul drove fantastically well and we earned 12 points. It’s not bad to be sitting at this stage of the season with 75 points in total – we’ve come a long way."

When asked is catching Sauber a more realistic target now, he said "I still remember the situation in 2010 when Williams pipped us by one point at the last race, so I guess it’s not over until it’s over! I’m still hoping that we can do it and one strong podium finish could help to wipe out Sauber’s advantage. It all depends how strong our rivals are in the final six races, but we certainly have some momentum."

Paul Di Resta talked about his best finish in Formula One and hopes to build on the momentum in Japan. He said "When we qualified sixth we knew it was going to be tough to even maintain that in the race, but things worked out very well and I was able to challenge Fernando for a podium in the final stint. I think we learned a lot in Singapore about how to get the most from the car and the aim now is to try and repeat the form we showed towards the end of the race. If we can do that, the momentum will carry on."

On the Suzuka track, he said "It’s a track that’s all about aero so it’s a real test of your car. I also found it very technical with corners like the ‘S' curves where you need a good change of direction. Finding the sweet spot isn’t easy because half the track is made up of straights so you need efficiency as well as downforce for the high-speed corners. Tyre degradation is also high so a neutral car is what you need during the race."

Nico Hulkenberg also looks forward to one of his favourite races of the season. He said "My race in 2010 with Williams was not especially memorable because I was taken out before the first corner. That was a real shame because it’s a track I really enjoy and with corners like the ‘S’ curves it’s a great experience in a Formula One car."

When asked what are the main challenges of the lap, he said "Suzuka is definitely one of my favourite circuits: it’s really challenging and technical, and you need a good car balance to hook up a good lap. Because it’s so technical it’s important to find a good rhythm because if you mess up one corner you can lose the flow of the whole lap."

Tags : Singapore Grand Prix, Sahara Force India, Japanese Grand Prix, Sauber, 2010, Willaimds, Paul Di Resta, Suzuka, Formula One, Nico Hulkenberg

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