Nico Hulkenberg says Force India should be satisfied with a double points finish in the Spanish Grand Prix, describing the race as "damage limitation".

Force India was not as competitive as in recent races at the Circuit de Catalunya, with neither driver making it through in to Q3 during qualifying. However, the race pace was relatively strong and Hulkenberg finished tenth, just behind team-mate Sergio Perez in ninth. Hulkenberg said there will be other tracks which suit Force India more and as a result getting two cars in the points was a good achievement.

"It was a case of damage limitation," Hulkenberg said. "We knew from the early practice sessions that this wasn't going to be our strongest track so to get two cars in the points is a positive result. The tyre degradation was high and the car was not so easy to drive, but I think everybody was struggling in the final part of the race.

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"I thought we would need to make a third stop, but fortunately the tyres held on and I was able to score a point. We will use all the data we got over the weekend to improve for the next few races where we hope to be a bit more competitive."

Perez felt the team was a little bit too conservative with his strategy and believes a better result was possible for him.

"It was quite a hard afternoon, so to come away with two points is not too bad," Perez said. "I had pretty strong pace in the race and my tyre degradation was okay so I think we probably could have been a bit more aggressive with the strategy. Maybe if we had stopped earlier I could have jumped ahead of some more cars because my pace was good, but it was just so difficult to overtake.

"We knew this track would be a tough test for us, so this result is more or less what we expected here. Maybe P7 or P8 was achievable, but we should feel quite happy to keep up our run of points."