Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says that the outfit's b-spec car performed as expected at Silverstone and believes a further step can be made at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Having introduced its heavily revised car at the most recent race in Britain, Nico Hulkenberg finished in seventh place, with Sergio Perez ninth, to consolidate fifth position in the Constructors' championship.
"The debut of the b-spec car met our expectations and has delivered the performance step we anticipated," said Mallya.
"It’s a boost for everyone in the team and we are moving in a good direction for the second half of the season. Over the next few races we will work hard to extract even more performance and build on this momentum.
"The double points finish at Silverstone has consolidated our fifth place in the Championship. We’ve picked up 28 points from the last four races and there is a good opportunity to score more points in Budapest.
"At the start of the year we said we would target fifth place in the standings and that’s certainly an achievable goal. We are now looking at the teams ahead of us and will try and close the gap further."