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Sahara Force India F1 Team Quotes: Pre 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix

by Team ZigWheels Posted on November 23, 2012 18:40 IST 2,852 Views

Sahara Force India looks forward to the final race of the 2012 season, the Brazilian Grand Prix and Nico Hulkenberg's last race with team

Sahara Force India F1 team



Brazilian GP: Vijay’s Vision

Dr Vijay Mallya sums up 2012 and looks ahead to the season finale.


Dr Mallya, with one race to go, sum up your feelings after a great year of racing…

Looking back at the season so far, we have every reason to feel proud. We’ve scored more points than in any previous season and every year we’ve demonstrated that we’ve gone up the ladder. And we’ve taken fairly significant steps, not just baby steps. Given the tools that we have, which are mostly of the Jordan era, we have done exceptionally well.


What can you tell us about the team’s ambitions going forward?

We had a board meeting in India after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the board has approved a £50 million capital investment programme for the team. We are going to invest heavily in new technology and give more tools to our design team to try and move further up the grid.


What are your thoughts ahead of this weekend?

We hope that Nico will be able to pull off what he did for Williams in 2010 [pole position]. That’s what is needed if we want to catch Sauber! Otherwise I hope we can end the season with a strong result. Two cars in the points would be nice. Up at the front I look forward to seeing how the fight in the drivers’ championship concludes because it’s never over until it’s over.  Also, many congratulations to Red Bull for securing the constructors’ championship in Austin.


The team says goodbye to Nico this weekend. How much has he contributed to the team this season?

Nico has been one of the stars this season. He’s delivered exactly what we expected of him and brought a lot to this team. He has a big future in Formula One and we wish him well.



Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India F1



Nico on Brazil

Nico Hulkenberg gets set for his last race with the team and hopes to capture a special result.


Nico, another four points in Austin brings your total to 53. How do you look back on the second half of the year?

It has been very positive. We had some good results in the first half too, but I think we found our consistency after the summer break. I think some of my best races were Japan and Korea where we didn’t necessarily expect to do so well. To score points there was very satisfying. Also, races such as Austin, where I was under so much pressure towards the end are the moments I will remember from the second part of the year. These were races where we maximised everything.


Your two-year spell with the team comes to an end this weekend. How much have you enjoyed being a part of Sahara Force India?

First of all I want to thank everyone for believing in me and giving me the chance to return to Formula One this year as a race driver. I’ve learned a lot during the last two seasons, even as a third driver, and the time has flown by very quickly. It’s a great team of people; they’re fun to work with and I think we can be proud of the results we achieved together. That’s why it was not an easy decision to leave, but I’m happy to be leaving with good memories. The task now is to end the year in style with a great result.


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