Paul di Resta expressed his satisfaction after qualifying in 12th place for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Di Resta has not scored a point since the British Grand Prix in June but believes he is in a good position to end his barren run at Suzuka.
“Given where we started yesterday, I think we should be pretty happy with P12,” he said.
“Slowly but surely we’ve made the car more drivable and in qualifying it felt quite good. The overnight efforts of everyone at the track and back at the factory have helped dial the car into the circuit.”
“Compared with yesterday the car feels much more stable and predictable, and that’s allowed us to get within a tenth of making Q3. I’m feeling upbeat about the race because the long runs have looked consistent and we are well placed to fight for points with a free choice on tyre strategy.”
Team-mate Adrian Sutil failed to progress through to Q2 and will start from the back of the grid following a grid penalty.
Sutil was handed a five place penalty as Force India had to change the gearbox in his VJM06 after the German crashed out of final practice.
“It’s not been an easy day,” he said. “I made a mistake this morning, damaged the car and we had to change the gearbox. I have to say a big ‘thank you’ to the team for getting the car ready in time for qualifying because they had a lot of work to do during the lunch break.”
“In Q1 the car was quite difficult to drive, I didn’t feel comfortable and was missing the grip to be competitive. All I can do now is look forward to the race and hope we have a better day. With the grid penalty [for the gearbox change] I will be starting near the back so I need to try and deliver consistent race pace and hopefully move towards the points.”