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Vijay's Vision: Singapore GP
16 Sep 2013
With seven races to go, Dr Vijay Mallya reviews Monza and sets his sights on points in Singapore.
A tough weekend in Monza – what was your verdict on the performance?
It was very clear from the first practice session that things were not going our way. We tried different set-ups, but nothing really worked. That also showed in qualifying. In the race there were times when Adrian showed good pace, but it certainly wasn’t our best weekend.
How do you see the battle with McLaren unfolding?
It is going to be a close fight, but the good news is that McLaren still aren’t that far ahead. They only scored one point in Monza, so they are definitely catchable. We need to perform better ourselves, that’s very clear. We’re working hard to find more performance, but at the same time we’ve made it quite clear that we will not compromise next year’s programme. It’s always a balancing act, but we know what we need to do.
Singapore has been good to the team in recent years. Does it represent a fresh start after the two high-speed races?
Absolutely, we’ve been strong in Singapore, especially last year. Hopefully that will continue this year, but we know we’ve got to get on top of the tyres to unleash the potential of the car. Points must be the target for this weekend to keep up our momentum in the championship fight.
Does Singapore still feel like another ‘home’ race for you?
Absolutely, there are a lot of Indians and a lot of our fans based in Singapore, and there’s always a great atmosphere in the city. It’s one of the highlights of the year, the place looks wonderful when it’s lit up and I always look forward to it.