Force India recover to notch points

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya was not sure of his team putting up a good show in the Indian GP this time, but drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil made the most of whatever the car had to offer to garner six points.

Di Resta, who finished 12th in qualifying on Saturday, drove a clinical race to finish eighth to claim four points, while Sutil knocked off four positions after starting 13th to finish ninth to grab two points.

Force India’s incredible showing at their ‘home’ Grand Prix coupled with Sauber’s inability to come in the points bracket helped the Silverstone-based team extend their lead over them to 23 points.

“It’s great to score points here in India. It is a really important race for us. We took an aggressive strategy by pitting at the end of the first lap to change from softs to medium tyres -- which was always the plan,” said Di Resta. “After that we effectively split the race in two and I pitted again for my second set of medium tyres on lap 30.

The other positive is that we’ve steadily improved the car over the last few weeks and I’m feeling more comfortable, so I think we can be optimistic of performing at a similar level in Abu Dhabi next week.”

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