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Valencia a 'good reflection' on Force India

Force India happy with sixth place in Valencia despite tough outing for Tonio Liuzzi
Force India team boss Vijay Mallya believes that Adrian Sutil’s sixth place finish in the European Grand Prix at the weekend is a 'good reflection' on where the Silverstone-based team currently sits in the F1 pecking order.

The German driver rebounded from a disappointing performance in qualifying to secure his second top six finish of the season, having benefitted from a change in strategy after the early Safety Car period.

Jumping up five places during the stops, Sutil was then able to run solidly inside the top ten to pick up points for the fifth successive race.

“It was an interesting race for me and a very good result in the end: from 13th to sixth, it's pretty amazing for us, one of the best races so far this season,” he said. “We made the call to come into the pits at the right time - when the safety car went out I was in the last sector and could go in the pits straight away and then moved up the order when the front guys came in. Then I could pass Buemi on track and in the end it was sixth position. I think we did everything right today and it's a very positive result for the team to keep the points coming in.”

Team-mate Tonio Liuzzi missed out during the Safety Car stops as he was delayed in the pits, finishing down in 13th place as a result, but Mallya preferred to look to the positives of another strong race for the team.

“With street racing anything can happen and that's what we saw today,” he said. “We took advantage of the safety car period for Adrian, which moved him up into the points and then he did a great job to bring the car home sixth.

“Tonio was unlucky not to be able to benefit in the same way, however he still drove a very gutsy race and again demonstrated that in race trim the car is very competitive. We've come away from the weekend with some more points and I think sixth is a good reflection on where we are right now in the field.”



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