Force India podium possible this year

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Force India team principal Vijay Mallya sees no reason why his drivers shouldn't be able to step on the podium this season considering that rivals "on par or slightly below" the British team have done so far.

Its immediate competitors Sauber and Williams both tasted champagne this year, with Sergio Perez's second place at the Malaysian Grand Prix for the former and Pastor Maldonado's win in Spain for the latter.

Force India in contrast has been lagging behind although it is optimistic that it too will have an opportunity soon.

"If I study or try to analyse the various races and the performance of various cares there’s a huge sense of unpredictability that has crept in this year," noted team principal Vijay Mallya.

"Just as an example: in Barcelona, Nico (Hulkenberg) came tenth, scored one point but kept (Mark) Webber behind him for more than 30 laps. Up until last year I would never have dreamt of keeping a Red Bull behind me," he illustrated. "In Barcelona once again, Lewis (Hamilton) actually got pole position before he was given the penalty but Jenson (Button) didn't even make Q3.

"The results speak for themselves. There is a definite sense of unpredictability," he continued. "The usual front-runners aren’t front-runners anymore. The midfield teams have in fact outperformed the traditional front-runners. So there is something going on there which I think everybody is trying to understand better."

The team scored ten points at the Monaco Grand Prix with both its drivers finishing in the top ten and is 13 points behind Sauber in the constructors’ championship in eighth.


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