Mallya: Force India not rocked by off-track events

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has played down speculation that off-track events will affect his team’s performance.

The team is in the process of undertaking legal action against Lotus, as well as a company called Aerolab, claiming that the two copied their wind tunnel design. Furthermore Mallya is in a battle to keep designer Mark Smith, who may also leave after technical director James Key jumped ship to Sauber.

But Mallya insisted his race team were fully committed.

“We are fully focussed on the task in hand, which is to score as many points as we can and to regain that fifth position in the championship,” Mallya told Autosport.

“We’re not so far away from Renault and there are plenty of opportunities left to rack points up and some circuits that we should really fly on, including Montreal.

“Any actions we’re taking away from the track won’t affect the team’s focus on sealing our most successful season to date.

“Our technical team, despite reports, is still very much intact – Mark [Smith] will stay with us until April 2011 and we will, in due course, announce a structure that will take us to the next level of performance.

“I’m very comfortable with where we are as a team and where we are going. The structure and any off track events are for me to worry about, so the team can get on with doing what they do best at the track.”