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A refurbished Force India begins the new Formula One season this month determined to clock their first points and prove they are not there just to make up the numbers.

The Silverstone-based team made an unhappy debut last year when it not only failed to win a single point, but Adrian Sutil completed just seven of the 18 races and fellow-driver Giancarlo Fisichella crashed out in seven.

Flamboyant Indian beer-to-airline tycoon Vijay Mallya, who raised the team after buying out Spyker in October 2007 with Dutch businessman Michiel Mol, will not tolerate another failure.

"We are not expected to win races, but we certainly want to win points and ensure we do not finish at the bottom of the heap," Mallya told Indian media ahead of the Australian Grand Prix on March 29.

"The time for making excuses is over."

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