Force India boss Vijay Mallya remains upbeat that the form shown to-date by his outfit can be maintained in spite off the off-track dramas that have recently plagued the squad, and is set to announce a new structure within the team.

The outfit’s momentum as the sixth-best team on the grid risks running of the rails in the wake of the recent legal action launched against Lotus and Aerolab for allegedly copying of its wind-tunnel models, in addition to the announcement from Lotus that it had successfully headhunted several key technical staff members, including the team’s newly-appointed Technical Director, Mark Smith.

"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," said Mallya, who has made it very clear that Smith won’t be allowed to leave the team before his contractual term ends in April 2011.

"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. 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."

But just how much of an impact will this instability have?

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Richard Bailey

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