File photo of the Sahara Force India car. (Reuters)
Montreal: Encouraged by consistent results, Sahara Force India is hoping to break the podium jinx at Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, which will be the 100th race for the side. The Indian side is placed fifth in the Constructors' Championship with 44 points, seven ahead of formidable McLaren.
Paul di Resta has been impressive right from the start of the season and Adrian Sutil has also shown his pace with a fifth-place result in Monaco. "I think we are now knocking on the door of our first podium finish since 2009, and it's time to do that all-important step. Montreal would be a great place to do so. It is a track that favours overtaking and our car has shown the race pace to finish among the leaders, so everything is possible," Team Principal Vijay Mallya said.
"The Canadian Grand Prix also marks the 100th Grand Prix for Sahara Force India. When we started back in 2008, we simply had the ambition to break out of Q1 and we dreamed of scoring points. Seeing where we stand today is, therefore, extremely rewarding and motivates us all to continue working just as hard for the next 100 races," he added.
Paul said the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve suits their style of racing and the car, so they are hopeful of a good result. "It's traditionally a track that has suited us, so we go there confident that we can fight towards the front once again. Hundred races is a significant achievement and it's great to see how much the team has grown during that time. It's a credit to the commitment of the shareholders and hopefully we can give them something to smile about come Sunday evening."
Sutil does not have good memories here, so he is keeping his fingers crossed. "It's definitely one of my favourite races on the calendar because it's a great city. It's also an interesting and unusual track, and it can be a long race with different scenarios and strategy options. I like the circuit, but for some reason I've never had good results there. Hopefully we can change that this year," the German said.