Force India believes it is vital it maintains the momentum from its Valencia breakthrough at Silverstone

Force India believes it is vital that it maintains the momentum from its breakthrough European Grand Prix result in its home grand prix at Silverstone this weekend

Force India believes it is vital it maintains the momentum from its Valencia breakthrough at Silverstone

The team, which is based at the British GP venue, finished a season-best fifth and seventh with Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta in Valencia, closing to within one point of Williams and 16 of Sauber in the constructors' standings.

Prior to Valencia, team boss Vijay Mallya had expressed concern that Force India was losing touch with its regular rivals as the likes of Sauber and Williams fought for podiums and victories, and now urged his squad to "keep up the momentum" at Silverstone.

"We will have some developments for the car this weekend and we will certainly give our all to try and come away with another strong result," said Mallya.

"I think our performance in Valencia showed just how much we have learned from the tough lessons of Canada in terms of understanding the tyres and being aggressive with the strategy.

"The aim this weekend is to deliver a repeat performance, pick up points and keep pushing hard to move up the championship table."

Hulkenberg's fifth place in Valencia represented his best Formula 1 finish. The German said he had always been confident Force India could deliver that sort of performance.

"It's a boost for me, of course, but I think it was the sort of result we have been expecting for a while now," said Hulkenberg.

"We thought we could do something similar in Canada, but things didn't work out, so it was good to get some solid points in the bag in Valencia and start showing our real potential."

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