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Mallya dreaming of Silverstone podium

ESPN Staff
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Vijay Mallya thinks his drivers are close to battling for a podium finish © Sutton Images
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Vijay Mallya admits that his ideal result at the British Grand Prix would be a podium finish for Force India at its home race.

Coming off the back of two races where Force India has looked competitive but failed to deliver the results it had threatened the team is looking to continue its progress at Silverstone. To that end, Mallya confirmed to the official Formula One website that the team would have a substantial upgrade for the next race.

"Absolutely," Mallya said. "We regard Silverstone as one of our home races. Our headquarters is just a stone's throw from the track. It is our home race in Europe and of course the Indian Grand Prix is our real home race in India. We will do whatever it takes to bring as many upgrades as possible to be even more competitive. That goes without saying."

When asked what his dream result would be, Mallya replied: "We want to be on the podium. I think we're close to it now."

Although Force India is yet to finish in the top three, Mallya pointed out that it was still competitive compare to its midfield rivals.

"We are only one point shy of Williams right now and 16 points away from Sauber, who have had podium finishes. So we are getting there. We are definitely on target. I want to finish fifth in the constructors' championship this year and - fingers crossed - it looks like we're getting there."