Vijay Mallya looks back on Spain and sets his sights on more points in Monaco.
Vijay, it was a double points finish in Spain. Another solid performance by the team…
It was a good weekend. Perhaps with a different strategy we could have stolen one more place with Sergio, but overall everybody seemed satisfied that we had come away with a fair result. Barcelona has never been the greatest track for us, so it was good to see both the cars in the points. We brought some updates and worked hard to optimise them, but there is a bit more we can do to take full advantage of those parts in the coming races.
Did you enjoy seeing Nico and Sergio fight against each other for most of the race in Spain?
We didn’t give any team orders; we just let them race as we did in Bahrain. It's good to have some competition between the drivers. They are both quick; they are hungry and competitive. The spirit is good and they respect each other. As long as they keep scoring points it keeps up their own motivation levels as well.
Did you feel the pecking order among the teams changed in Barcelona at all?
It’s a given that things will always change in Formula One, especially in the first year following major rules changes. We have noticed our immediate competitors are getting stronger, but we are working hard to maintain our competitive advantage.
What are your expectations for Monaco?
Monaco is one of the premier events of the year and hopefully we can perform well there. It’s a track where you can take nothing for granted because you have to balance speed with respect for the barriers. It will be interesting with the new cars because it is so unforgiving and the drivers will have to be at their very best.