Adrian Sutil kept the momentum going for Force India in the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday when he gave the Silverstone-based outfit its fourth points-scoring position of F1 2010.
Sutil, who moved up four places thanks to a great start, eventually crossed the line in seventh position, holding off Robert Kubica, despite a strong challenge from the Renault man throughout the race.
It was Sutil's second top-ten result of the season and Force India will now go to Monte Carlo this week with 24 points on the board – 16 up on Williams and 26 behind Renault, who are fifth in the constructors' championship.
“A very good race for the team, with a good pace that showed again we are up there in the midfield really fighting for position and points,” Sutil stated. “I had a great start, moving from 11th to 8th, and was not that far behind the Ferrari of [Felipe] Massa for most of the race.
“I had to push quite a lot throughout as for about 40 laps Robert [Kubica] was quite close behind and there was no time to relax. In the end seventh position is a great success for the team. It's more points and keeps that momentum going. I can't wait to get to Monaco now, one of my favourite tracks.”
Team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi meanwhile was classified in 15th place, one place up on his grid slot, having stopped on the final lap when his VJM03 lost power through the middle sector.
Despite only seeing one of his cars finish though, team boss, Dr Vijay Mallya was still pleased: “It's been a positive race for Force India as we've added to our total and made it points from four out of five races so far this year. This was one of our aims; to be consistent and score in as many races as possible. Adrian had a faultless race and kept calm under a lot of pressure from our closest rivals, Renault, and he thoroughly deserved those points.
“For Tonio the weekend has been difficult from the start, but he did as much as he could from his starting position. He'll move onto Monaco, where he has a great record, hungry to get back into the points. There's only a week to go and everything to look forward to.”