Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley says the team had "a reality check" regarding its performance in the Russian Grand Prix.

Both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez failed to score after qualifying outside of the top ten at Sochi, while McLaren - its rivals for fifth in the constructors' championship - finished fourth and fifth. Speaking exclusively to Crash.net after the race, Fernley said Russia had shown just where Force India stands based on raw pace.

"I think in all fairness we probably had a reality check as to where we are," Fernley said. "I mean, you had a perfect track, you had perfect conditions and you had very little in terms of variables. So I don't think there is any excuses that we can make, that was where we are at and we have to do a little bit better."

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And Fernley explained that all the teams were working from a relatively blank canvas but in the best possible conditions, leaving them all with a level playing field at the start of the weekend.

"Obviously apart from having a track layout we had no idea what we were coming in to and no idea where we were from even the climactic side. But I think what you got was an absolutely perfect weekend; from a track point of view and a weather point of view it couldn't have been better. From our point of view, unfortunately, it was a reality check."