"The start of the race was a bit of a mess!" admitted Force India driver Paul di Resta, talking of the effects of the sudden storm that rolled in just as the lights went out on the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.

"It was all about trying to stay on the track and stay out of trouble," he said. "I did pretty well until Maldonado hit me just before the red flag, which spun me around and cost me about three places."

But once the weather cleared up and the race resumed some 50 minutes later, things were looking much better all round - with the team looking to make the most of the situation that had landed in their lap.

"At the restart our pace was very good on the intermediate tyres and we were able to get well up the order and stay with the leading group," he explained. "As it dried out we switched to dry tyres at the same time everyone else did, which was the safe way to play it, and just tried to hold position in the points.

"We were a bit lucky with some of the issues for cars ahead," he added. "But in races like this you need a bit of luck and given where we started I think we can come away from here very happy with this result."

Di Resta's team mate Nico Hulkenberg also ended up benefiting from the upset conditions to finish in the points by the end of the race finally came to a finish, nearly three hours after it had started.

"We made the most of our chances and made good calls on the strategy," he said. "It was quite a complicated race and the rain certainly helped mix things up ... I think today's performance with two cars in the points is a great team result and I'm very happy to pick up my first points of the season."

Hulkenberg described the conditions before the safety car was deployed as "some of the worst I've raced in, and the visibility was almost zero," and admitted that even when the rain eased up he had continued to struggle on the intermediates to stay in touch with Jean-Eric Vergne up ahead.

"The race was not without drama!" laughed deputy team principal Robert Fernley. "Paul was lucky to emerge unscathed from the contact with Maldonado, which occurred in the very wet conditions."

It was the kind of day when accidents could happen to even the best of drivers, as Michael Schumacher's early incident with Romain Grosjean had showed, so Fernley was quick to give praise where it was due.

"It's to their credit that they [Paul and Nico] managed to stay largely out of trouble," he agreed. "We now head to China determined to carry on this momentum and hopefully add some more points to our tally."