Sergio Perez reckons finishing in seventh place was the maximum result possible for Force India during the Spanish Grand Prix as he added six points to his tally.
Perez qualified within the top 10 and managed to keep Felipe Massa at bay during the closing stages to secure a result which lifted Force India above McLaren in the standings.
"It was a very good race and I think we managed to get the maximum result we could hope to achieve," he said.
"We were able to keep some very fast cars behind us and we capitalised on the accident on the first lap [between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg] to bring home a good amount of points.
"I had to fend off Felipe in the last three laps: I was on very old tyres and he was closing in on me, but I managed to defend my position.
"This was pretty much the only action I had all afternoon; the rest of my race was quite lonely, which helped me look after the tyres and allowed me to defend in the final few laps.
"We had a good strategy that helped us leapfrog the Haas and brought us this good result on a track that has never been our strongest."