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Force India hopes to earn points by European leg of F-1 season
MUMBAI: Force India, the country's sole entrant in the Formula One racing, is hoping to have made required developments to its new car by the European leg of the championship to earn its first ever points.

"In the first three races it will be more about testing, learning and implementing what we learn into future development on the aerodynamic front," Force India owner Vijay Mallya said at a function.

The upcoming championship is expected to be a defining year for Force India and the team are hoping to begin scoring points after the European leg of races began, he said.

The team would need to carry out development of aerodynamics of the car during the beginning of the season and despite being built in a short period only two small problems had surfaced during testing of the car in Jerez and Barcelona, Mallya said.

Force India's veteran driver Fisichella said it was still difficult to say what the chances of the team were this year.

"We have good potential with a new engine and gearbox, but we need some work in the first four to five races," he said.

The team had a good testing session in Barcelona and the car was reliable but at the moment the team was not quick enough to win any races, Fisichella said.

"At the moment we may not be able to get on the podium but possibly through the point system we could get on it," Fisichella said.

Commenting on the cap on spending introduced on teams by the FIA this year, Mallya said it was welcome given the current economic slowdown and would create a even playing field among the teams.

"Due to the economic gloom the FIA has said that standardised KERS will be implemented from next year and Force India will be able to buy it at an affordable cost," he said.

"However, a lot of cost cutting is necessary to curb wasteful spending by the teams," Mallya said.

The two drivers, Fisichella and Sutil, said there would be more pressure on them to perform better this year but it would not affect their performance.

"There is a lot of pressure on my shoulders to do better and I get the chance to do my best in that case," Fisichella said.

German driver Sutil said that during last year's championship they had been trying to get the best out of the car and this year they had a lot of positive pressure to do well.

"It is boring to drive around without any pressure and we need to aim to win," Sutil said.

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