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Mallya wants Force India to 'keep up the momentum'

ESPN Staff
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Force India scored 16 points with its double top ten finish in Valencia © Sutton Images
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Force India team principal Vijay Mallya wants the team to "keep up the momentum" by beating its midfield rivals in the British Grand Prix.

After a relatively slow start to the season, Force India has been closing the gap to Williams and Sauber having outscored both teams over the last three races. Williams has already won a race this season while Sauber has two podiums, but a strong two-car finish in Valencia saw Force India almost close in and Mallya wants the team to follow up that result.

"We arrive back at Silverstone off the back of our strongest performance of the year," Mallya said. "In fact, the 16 points scored in Valencia are the most we have ever scored in one weekend. Those points have proved to be very valuable, bringing us within a point of Williams and just 16 adrift of Sauber. So we are catching up with our nearest competitors quite quickly. Now we need to keep up the momentum."

Having failed to score points in the Canadian Grand Prix before Valencia, Mallya added that he was pleased with the team's reaction so far and hoped a set of upgrades would allow Force India to remain competitive.

"We will have some developments for the car this weekend and we will certainly give our all to try and come away with another strong result. I think our performance in Valencia showed just how much we have learned from the tough lessons of Canada in terms of understanding the tyres and being aggressive with the strategy. The aim this weekend is to deliver a repeat performance, pick up points and keep pushing hard to move up the championship table."