Though it was Nico Hulkenberg that captured the headlines for Force India after qualifying, it was Sergio Perez that would deliver the points come race day with a strong run to eighth.

Going longer on the tyres than most around him, Perez made the most of a strong start to slowly pick his way up the order as the strategy played out, the Mexican finishing ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Felipe Massa to secure eighth.

A competitive performance for the Force India team throughout the weekend, Perez - known for his skill in managing tyres - says it was one of his best ever races in that sense.

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"Eighth place feels very good and I'm very satisfied," said Perez, who was a podium winner in Bahrain last season. "It was a great opportunity to score points today and this is a nice reward for the whole team. Before the race we were not sure a two-stop strategy was possible for us - we thought the tyre degradation would be too high, but the team did an amazing job to make it happen.

"My engineers were giving me good information over the radio and after the first stint we knew that stopping twice was our best chance of scoring points. I think this was one of my best races in terms of managing the pace and the tyres.

"There are a lot of positives to take from this weekend and once again we showed that this team has a lot of heart and that we never give up."