x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Mallya demands better from Force India after Silverstone blunder

Vijay Mallya has warned his Force India team to cut out the mistakes that lost them points at Silverstone

Vijay Mallya is demanding his Force India team cut out the mistakes at the German Grand Prix this weekend after throwing away the chance of a good result at the British Grand Prix earlier this month.

Paul di Resta, who had started sixth with the team's best qualifying performance of the season, had been running seventh before he was accidentally called into the pits when the team's mechanics were expecting his teammate Adrian Sutil to pit.

Di Resta lost 25 seconds in the incident and ended up finishing a distant 15th, with Sutil in 11th spot.

Mallya, the team principal, said: "Looking back on Silverstone, we have to view it as a missed opportunity. With confusion on the pit wall, we failed to convert our excellent qualifying performance into points, which is incredibly frustrating.

"These things happen in racing, but we have put measures in place to ensure such a situation cannot happen again."