The Silverstone-squad finds itself in fifth position in the team standings after collecting 19 points from the first two races. (Agencies)
Highly-rated Nico Hulkenberg has already made his presence in a Force India return, lapping up 18 points to a single point scored by Mexican teammate Sergio Perez.
"We've still got some catching up to do if we want to be a regular podium contender. We've got our plans for that. We've had our best start to a season in our history, since the Jordan times, and despite only one car finishing in Malaysia we are sitting in fifth in the Championship," Mallya said.
The Team Principal said he was confident of a second double points finish at a circuit where two pre-season tests were conducted. The Sunday's race will also be the Gulf nation's first F1 night race.
"In Bahrain, we don't expect any unknowns there and hopefully we'll have a good race."
Hulkenberg had led the last week's Malaysian Grand Prix briefly before he pulled off a two-stop strategy to finish fifth and Mallya took a lot of pride in that.
"You can't just find yourself leading a Grand Prix by accident. Things have got to be in the right place at the right time, and you must be good enough to be able to be up there in front," he said.
The Silverstone-squad finds itself in fifth position in the team standings after collecting 19 points from the first two races.