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Mallya refusing to rule out more podiums

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Vijay Mallya says he has not written off Force India's chances of scoring more podium finishes in 2014.

Sergio Perez claimed a podium for the team in Bahrain, Force India's first since 2009, but in recent races the team has fallen behind fellow Mercedes customers Williams and McLaren in the pecking order. Despite this, Mallya remains optimistic the team is still heading in a positive direction.

"We need to end the season in the same way we started it," Mallya said. "The development of the VJM07 continues and much of what we learn this year can be carried over into 2015. So it's a very different situation compared with last year when we had to switch very early to develop the new car. Performance-wise we have some developments which will be on the car soon and that should give us a useful step. In terms of targets I certainly feel that more podiums are possible."

Mallya also insists he could not be happier with where Force India is currently compared to at this point in the 2013 season.

"We are in a good place and the whole team should feel proud of our performance in the first half of the season. We've scored 39 points more compared to the first half of last season and that's an indication of our consistency. We've picked up points in every race and we're in the middle of a very close fight in the championship. We are pushing hard to be even more competitive, but we've certainly delivered in the first ten races."

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