Force India F1 deputy team principal Robert Fernley believes the Silverstone-based outfit can be 'proud' of its performance this season.

Force India made a strong start to the year, but dropped off after the changes made to the Pirelli tyres in the wake of the blow-outs at Silverstone. Despite that, however, the team did bounce back, with double points' finishes in Abu Dhabi and India, helping to ensure the outfit took sixth place in the Constructors' Championship.

Indeed in the end Force India took P6 with ease, 20 points up on Sauber, although the hope of challenging McLaren for fifth did prove overly ambitious, with the two separated by 45 points following last weekend's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

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"Although we missed out on points in Brazil, we achieved the objective that we set ourselves coming into the weekend to defend our sixth place in the championship," said Fernley. "In the end we did that quite comfortably, which is a real credit to everybody at Sahara Force India. It means we've finished in the top six twice in the last three seasons, consolidating our reputation as being the best non-manufacturer team.

"I thought Paul [di Resta] and Adrian [Sutil] both drove well at Interlagos, although the ground Paul lost at the start proved quite costly. His race pace was good on the two-stop strategy, but the final point was out of reach. Adrian suffered more with tyre wear and had to stop three times."

"[Overall] looking back on the season as a whole I think we can be proud of our performance. The start of the year was exceptional and we recaptured our form in the final few races.

"We look forward to the challenge of 2014 now and will come back determined to pick up where we left off," he concluded.