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Force India confident of return to form

ESPN Staff
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Force India struggled in Hungary © Sutton Images

Force India is confident it will bounce back at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix after failing to score a point at the last two races.

The team remains fifth in the championship but saw its lead over McLaren narrowed by 20 points at the German and Hungarian grands prix ahead of the summer break. Team principal Vijay Mallya has admitted Force India has struggled with the changes in tyre construction since the British Grand Prix, but is confident his team will get on top of that and perform well in Belgium and Italy where the team has a strong record.

"As I have said, the car has to be competitive on all tracks, but if I concede that Hungary was not ideally suited to us, by the same token Spa and Monza have traditionally been our stronger tracks," he said. "So that gives me a little bit of a morale boost in saying that once we are on top of the game, we should restore our competitive position."

Mallya said understanding the tyres would be crucial.

"Tyres have played a very important role this year from race one onwards. We were on top of the tyre game up until Silverstone and then in Germany and Hungary we have struggled with the new tyres. We need to get on top of that and there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to. We just need time and I'm quite optimistic that we will come back strong."

Paul di Resta said the team has worked through the data from the last race and is in a better position heading to Spa-Francorchamps.

"We need to get the car working for us like before," he said. "In Budapest it was difficult to drive, but sometimes you get those tough weekends. Since then we have regrouped and analysed the previous races properly and hopefully this weekend will be a fresh start. We usually do well in Belgium and everyone is determined to get back to the situation we had at the start of the year when we seemed to be punching above our weight."