After a strong start to the season, Force India have been losing momentum over the course of 2013 to the point where they hadn't managed to finish with both cars in the points since the British Grand Prix in June.

Since then there have been five races out of the last even where they haven't scored at all, putting an end to any notion of fighting with McLaren for fifth place in the constructors championship and putting them at risk of losing six place to Sauber. But finally - with the help of a little home advantage in the Indian Grand Prix - the squad was able to bounce back to form this weekend.

"Like everybody in the team I am delighted to see both Sahara Force Indias score points in our home race," said Dr Vijay Mallya, Force India's team principal and managing director. "That's the goal we set ourselves ahead of the weekend and the six points scored are very important for strengthening our position in the constructors' championship.

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"The second half of the season has been challenging for us, but we showed today that we never give up and that all the recent hard work has paid off," he added.

Despite both drivers starting outside the top ten after a disappointing qualifying on Saturday, Paul di Resta was able to work his way up to eighth and Adrian Sutil followed him home in ninth place at the line, something of a triumph for a weekend that had started with a poorly di Resta sitting out Friday's first practice session.

"It's great to score points here in India, the team's home Grand Prix and a really important race for us," said a delighted di Resta, showing no signs of his former malady.

"We took an aggressive strategy by pitting at the end of the first lap to change from softs to medium tyres - which was always the plan," he explained. "After that we effectively split the race in two and I pitted again for my second set of medium tyres on lap 30."

Di Resta pointed out that the team's performance on Sunday had borne out his pre-race assertions that they had made good progress getting the car back into the sort of shape they had earlier in the year before Pirelli were forced into changing their tyre compounds.

"We've steadily improved the car over the last few weeks and I'm feeling more comfortable, so I think we can be optimistic of performing at a similar level in Abu Dhabi next week," he said.

In his run to ninth, Adrian Sutil managed the massive feat of running 42 laps on his first set of medium prime tyres, over ten laps more than anyone else - and earning a few disapproving glares from the Pirelli crew who had cautioned teams not to over-stress the compounds and risk a catastrophic blow-out here in pursuit of tactical advantage.

Sutil ran as high as third place before his stop, and was one of only two drivers (Romain Grosjean being the other) to make it on a one-stop strategy. However, that did mean that he was forced to concede a place to di Resta, who was on a different strategy, that he was never able to get back.

"The target was to score points so eighth and ninth places are a great result for us today," he said.

"My one-stop strategy was the riskier approach and it was only during the race that we decided to go ahead with it," he said. "The medium tyres, which I started on, were performing really well and I realised that doing a one-stop race was possible.

"We thought that the soft tyres would only last around five laps, so I made sure I really looked after them, and in the end I managed just under twenty laps. After some difficult races recently, we showed everybody what we can achieve with some great teamwork today," he added.

Dr Mallya was clearly delighted that the team hadn't let down the home support on Sunday, in what might prove to be the last Indian Grand Prix for some time. "I want to congratulate the engineers for making the right calls with the strategy, the drivers for their strong performances, and the mechanics for consistently quick pit stops.

"With just three races remaining this season, there is plenty to play for and we will go to Abu Dhabi determined to keep up this momentum," he added.