Force India boss Vijay Mallya believes his team can still "chase down" rival Sauber in the championship despite the gap to the Swiss squad.
Sauber has been one of the surprises of the year, securing four podiums finishes and fighting for victory in some of the races this season. Force India is 37 points behind the Hinwil-based squad with seven races to go. Although Sauber has looked stronger than Force India in recent races, Mallya reckons a good result could change the championship situation quickly.
"There have been various moments where they've drawn away and we seemingly can't catch them, but all it takes is a podium finish that brings in a lot of points, and if we get a couple of them, we could still chase them down," said Mallya. "Two years ago Williams got us by one point in Brazil, so every point does matter!"
The Indian reckons his team has not been too lucky this year, but he acknowledges that the fight in the midfield has intensified massively in 2012.
"We haven't had our fair share of luck yet this season. Take the case of Spa – it was probably as close as we've had to a podium finish, but once again, it was not to be. But I'm an optimist and I don't give up!
"It's tough. Williams are strong, Sauber are strong. And look at what's happening with Lotus. A lot of teams that were regarded as midfield teams last year are now pushing the big boys pretty hard."