Brazil preview quotes: Force India
|Tuesday, October 13th 2009, 12:16 GMT|
Q. How did you feel about the results of the Japanese Grand Prix?
A: I'm actually pretty disappointed with the results of the race as I really thought this was our chance to get some more points. All weekend it was looking good, from practice through to qualifying and it was so good to be back at the front in qualifying. The penalty didn't help but I still thought that we could have got into the top six. Unfortunately the coming together with Heikki [Kovalainen] early on really compromised the result but I had a good battle with Fisichella so again we showed we are competitive.
Q. What are your thoughts looking forward to Brazil?
A: Japan was a bit of a missed opportunity so I'm definitely looking forward to getting to Brazil. Interlagos is a great track, not that long, but with a lot of camber and undulation that makes it a bit like a rollercoaster - particularly with the bumps. There's a twisty section and then that long, uphill straight that needs a set-up somewhere between Spain and Belgium so there's a chance we could perform well there. I'm feeling confident about going well there.
Q. How are you looking forward to the Brazilian Grand Prix?
A: I'm definitely optimistic about this next race in Brazil. Japan was pretty tough because of the rain and the lack of track time on Saturday due to our gearbox problem, so we were always fighting an uphill battle. I am now really looking forward to Brazil. I like the circuit and I've been pretty fast there in the past so with the combination of this confidence and the car performance I think we could be really competitive. I'm looking forward to being in a strong position.
Q. And how do you feel about Interlagos as a track?
A: It's a good circuit, perhaps not one of my favourites, but it has a lot of up and downhill sections with a lot of banking so it's interesting to drive. The Brazilian crowd is also wonderful and the atmosphere pretty much unique. It's a fantastic event.
Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal
Q. There are just two races left in the championship now - what will the aim be for this final part of the year?
A: We will be giving it everything we have. Brazil should suit us, our car has performed well on tracks with a similar configuration, and now we've got the taste for points we want to get some more. BMW are 11 points ahead of us in the Constructors' Championship so if Tonio and Adrian push hard we could at least close that gap. It's going to be difficult but we have everything to gain and nothing to lose by making this our aim.
Q. Have you been satisfied with the team's performance during the double header in Singapore and Japan?
A: We expected it to be very tough in Singapore but we had high hopes for the Japanese Grand Prix. To a certain extent we got there as we qualified well, ran towards the front of the field and raced with larger teams. However of course we missed out on points again so ultimately it was frustrating we could not capitalise on this. Based on this form I am however very optimistic we can make up ground in Brazil. Adrian and Tonio both know the track and the car is at its peak so I'm confident we should again be Q2 or higher and again racing for the points.