Sergio Perez said he was very pleased to rise through the field to finish sixth in the Austrian Grand Prix but that the result was soured by his grid penalty.

Following the clash with Felipe Massa in Canada, Perez was hit with a five-place grid penalty which Force India failed to get revoked despite a new hearing in to the incident on Friday. Focusing on the race itself, Perez said he was pleased to pull off am ambitious strategy having run very long on the soft tyres early on to gain track position.

"Today we got a very positive result for the team, especially considering where we started the afternoon," Perez said. "When you start in 16th (15th after Romain Grosjean started from the pit lane) it is always going to be difficult to make up ground, but I had a very strong start and made up a good few positions.

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"It was especially important to pass Jenson [Button] because he was on a similar strategy to mine: it was a key moment for my race. The strategy worked; we showed once more that we can manage the tyres well, and we had a very strong race pace, as we have had all year."

While Perez was pleased with his performance, he conceded that his emotions were tempered by the thought of what could have been achieved from his original starting position of 11th.

"It was nice to be in the lead for a while, although we obviously knew that the cars behind us were on a different strategy. The only regret is that without the grid penalty I would have been further up the grid, which would have made a big difference because we had the pace to fight for a podium today. It's nice to be back in the points after two disappointing races: the car is improving and we are in good shape."