Force India team boss Vijay Mallya was left disappointed despite seeing Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil finish inside the top ten in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Liuzzi had qualified in sixth place but started the race from fifth thanks to a grid penalty handed out to Red Bull's Mark Webber, but his hopes of converting that into a strong result came to an end when he was tipped into a spin by Felipe Massa at the start and was forced to pit for a new wing.
Forced to push hard on an alternative strategy as a result, the Italian worked his way back up the order into the top ten and then battled ahead of Michael Schumacher to claim ninth on the final lap.
“We should ultimately have had more points than we got in the end, but it's always okay to get another few points on board, particularly after the last race when they seemed so far away,” he reflected. “Unfortunately we lost a big part of the race as the door was closed on me in the first corner by Felipe. It was a race accident as Jenson was on the other side and there wasn't anything I could do - I was on the inside and holding my line. We lost the front wing and had to change the strategy then and there, but in the end we still got some points. The team is pushing like hell and we want to confirm the progress we've made with more results. Today showed we're strongly in the top ten and - more importantly - we will never give up.”
Team-mate Sutil was also forced into a recovery drive after picking up a puncture following contact with Robert Kubica's Renault but also battled into the points after getting ahead of Schumacher for tenth at the final corner.
While that gave the team a double points finish, team chief Mallya admitted he had hoped for more from race day after both drivers had started inside the top ten.
Another double points finish for the team is a very positive result, but given our outstanding qualifying performance yesterday I think in my heart of hearts I would have hoped for more,” he said. “Both drivers got caught in unfortunate accidents and dropped back but they drove excellently to salvage three points, which, given the circumstances of the race, is very good. We also picked up significant damage on both cars in the incidents and to still show that level of performance is very encouraging.
"What we have learnt this weekend is that we've got a very strong car that's capable of fighting with the top four teams entirely on merit and we have two top line drivers who are functioning at their best. We're really looking forward to Valencia now.”