Force India F1 team principal Vijay Mallya has heaped praised on his driver Sergio Perez after his late charge to seventh position in the Singapore Grand Prix yielded a fifth points' finish in seven races for the Mexican.

Having lacked the sheer consistency of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg during the first half of the 2014 F1 season, Perez has now out-performed the German in each of the last three grands prix, his 8-8-7 results sheet helping Force India edge away from McLaren-Mercedes for fifth in the constructors' standings.

Indeed, Perez's seventh place from 15th on the grid in Singapore came after a determined charge in the latter stages, when a fourth pit stop for fresh tyres allowed him to catch and pass both Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap.

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For Mallya, Perez's necessary push in the closing stages was testament to his reputation as a 'gutsy' driver and reinforces his pleasure with the current driver line-up.

"I think 'Checo' drove brilliantly, particularly on the final lap to overtake Bottas and Raikkonen. Both Sergio and Nico have the same talent and both have my respect. I am not looking to change anything, I am very happy with both of them.

"He has always been a great driver, he is gutsy. After the pit stop we told him he would have to drive his pants off and we were encouraging him right through. We told him to go for it and he delivered - I think he loves that.

"Nico had a better start to the season, but Checo didn't have all the luck in the world and things happened that were beyond his control. Take Canada, he would have scored a big number of points and the last thing you want to see is him and Massa having that big shunt, but that is racing.

Currently locked in battle with McLaren for fifth in the constructors' standings, Force India's double points' score in Singapore has seen the open a six point advantage over the British team. However, Mallya dismisses the suggestion Perez is receiving greater impetus to show up the McLaren team he raced with for just a single season in 2013.

"It may make good reading to put it that way but I don't think anyone thinks about it in those terms. As a member of the Force India we are competing with McLaren for fifth position, so I guess the sentiment begins with me downwards.

"At Monza we saw him battling with Jenson Button for 15 laps and not letting him through. He has the talent and he has the guts, which is exactly what we want."