Force India boss Vijay Mallya has praised his team for making the most of its chances having positioned itself ahead of Lotus and Toro Rosso in the constructors' standings after the opening six races of the season.

Despite playing down its own targets during the early rounds of the season until the much anticipated B-spec car makes its anticipated debut at Silverstone, Force India has nonetheless capitalised on moments of opportunity to score in three of the six races.

Placing it sixth in the constructors' standings thanks to a relatively evenly-matched mid-field battle, Mallya is delighted with the progress given the car's late debut and the focus on the upcoming new car.

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"Coming away from Monaco with six points was a fantastic result. I've been saying we need to maximise our opportunities and continue picking up points, and that's exactly what we delivered in Monaco. Sergio was outstanding all weekend and we could not have asked any more of him. It was a very mature performance and a well-deserved result. Nico also showed his class, but bad luck kept him just outside the points.

"The Monaco result keeps us well placed in the championship. We're in sixth place and have scored points in half of the races so far this season. That's a tremendous achievement and I'm extremely proud of everyone in the team. It keeps us where we need to be as we work hard to add more performance to the car.

Mallya was impressed with his team's efforts in Monaco and feels the next race in Canada, with its combination of fast straights and hard braking points will play to the VJM08's strengths.

"The team is in a good place as we head to Canada. We've often gone well in Montreal and it's one of those races where anything can happen - as we saw last year with Sergio challenging for the victory. The track layout means it should be one of our better circuits so it's another opportunity to continue our fight for fifth place in the championship."

Perez is currently 11th in the overall standings.