Mallya confident Force India will beat Sauber

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Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya believes his team will see off a threat to their sixth place in the constructors’ championship from rivals Sauber in the final race of the season in Brazil this weekend.

The gap between the two teams has swung dramatically in the second half of the year. Sauber took 37 points off them in four races earlier in the season but Force India hit back in the next two races with a 15-point swing pulling them further ahead.

“It was important that we secured such strong results in India and Abu Dhabi,” said Mallya. “As I said before Austin, it gave us some breathing space.”

However sixth place for Nico Hulkenberg at the Circuit of the Americas allowed Sauber to close in by eight more points.

“We are still 24 points ahead of our nearest competitor,” said Mallya. “I think the odds are in our favor, but there’s no room for complacency: we need to make sure we get the job done in Interlagos.”

Mallya said the team wasn’t able to play to its strength in the United States Grand Prix: “In the races leading up to Austin we had done very well with managing tires and pulling off aggressive strategies. Last weekend, however, with the hard compound we weren’t able to manage the tires in the same way and so our attempt with Paul [di Resta] did not pay off.”

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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