Paul di Resta says Force India maximised their potential this weekend as he equalled his career best result with fourth place.
Di Resta utilised a two stop strategy to move from fifth on the grid to end the race in fourth.
“It’s great to round off the fly-away races with a fourth place and a race that was probably my strongest Grand Prix,” he said.
“The podium was very close, but with our strategy we were always going to be vulnerable at the end of the race – especially to Grosjean who had two new sets of medium tyres. I had a good start to the race, a strong opening stint and we showed our true speed today, but ultimately fourth place was the maximum that was possible.”
“We will get on the podium one day, hopefully soon, but for now we can be very happy with the points we’ve scored today. A big thanks to the whole team because it’s been an excellent weekend and I feel we managed to get 100% out of the car.”
Adrian Sutil was less fortunate as he sustained a puncture on the opening lap, condemning him to a futile race.
“It’s disappointing to get a puncture in a race that looked so promising. My start was clean and I was racing [Felipe] Massa going into turn four. I was on the outside; I gave him a lot of space but he was off-line and made contact with my front right tyre,” he said.
“I don’t know what he did exactly but I had a puncture immediately. I had to pit and lost a lot of time, which ended my chance of scoring points. I had amazing pace in the race and I just kept my head down to try and recover something from the race, but I had lost too much with the puncture. But I’m happy for the team and fourth place for Paul gives us more points. There are many more races to come so we will keep focused and next time score points with both cars.”