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Force India is placed in the best position in years to secure a podium finish as the team prepares to take part in its 100th Grand Prix this weekend in Canada, according to boss Vijay Mallya.
In 2009, Giancarlo Fisichella clinched the team’s only podium with a second place at the Belgian Grand Prix but the Silverstone-based squad has failed to repeat the result since then.
Since last year, however, Force India has come close to finishing in the top three with fourth places in Belgium and Singapore and even led the season-finale race in Brazil in 2012, indicating towards its increasing competitiveness.
This season, Paul di Resta had his sights on the elusive podium in Bahrain but had to eventually settle for fourth.
“I think we are now knocking on the door of our first podium finish since 2009, and it’s time to do that all-important step,” said team principal Vijay Mallya. “Montreal would be a great place to do so – it is a track that favours overtaking and our car has shown the race pace to finish among the leaders, so everything is possible.”
With 44 points, Force India has got its best start to a season “despite some very unfortunate occurrences” and has maintained fifth position in the constructors’ standings ahead of McLaren after six races into the campaign.