Mallya targeting top-four finish for Force India in 2016

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Force India owner Vijay Mallya has set his sights on a top-four finish in next year’s Formula 1 constructors’ championship.

Following the first 11 rounds of the 2015 season, Force India currently sits sixth in the teams’ standings, and looks set to be embroiled in a close battle with Lotus for P5 until the end of the season.

In a wide-ranging interview with the official Formula 1 website, Mallya expressed his delight with the team’s form and on-track success in 2015 despite having a smaller budget than many of its rivals.

“We like to run a good, tight ship, with a good atmosphere, good drivers and good commitment from our people,” Mallya said. “It’s the package. And if they say that the Force India package is punching above its weight, I take that as a compliment.

“We have under 400 people – and I am sure that I don’t have to double the workforce if I want to go further up the grid. That is what I honestly believe.

“Yes, I want to get better every year, but I also believe that doubling my work force is not the answer. If somebody tells me that to get to P4 I would have to go beyond 600 people, I very much disagree. We could also do it with our 380 people!”

Although Mallya believes that fourth place may be out of Force India’s reach in 2015 with Red Bull some 59 points ahead, he feels that the team could achieve this in 2016.

“I have set my targets for the team, and we are doing very well in achieving them,” Mallya said.

“I will not get carried away saying that we will achieve P4 this season, but there is no reason why we should not target that in 2016.

“2016 is carry over from this season and when the B-spec delivers what we believe it has the potential to, then why not?

“2017 is a whole different ballgame. My guess is that the cars will have to be re-invented again, and we will start early to stay ahead of the game.”