Sergio Perez says his aggressive first lap attack at the Red Bull Ring set up his fourth points finish of the 2015 F1 season and is delighted to help his Force India team jump ahead of Lotus in the teams' championship.

The Mexican driver got excellent drive off the line and barged his way through the midfield pack to get past Pastor Maldonado but endured light contact with Daniil Kvyat in a frantic opening lap. However, a sloppy pit stop enabled Sauber pair Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr to jump ahead of him and a difficult second stint curtailed his charge to ninth place in Austria.

"I had a great start and first lap, the target was to get ahead of Maldonado as he was the first driver on the prime tyre and we managed to do that," Perez said. "In the first stint I had a lot of pressure from both the Lotus drivers, but we held strong and the race was looking really good.

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"Unfortunately, we lost some time in a slow pit stop and it was a bit difficult to recover after that. The second stint was not very easy because I had some very strong vibrations on the front tyres and that cost me some pace."

The Force India driver paid huge credit to his team and is looking forward to receiving the new specification of the VJM08 in two weeks' time at Silverstone.

"All in all, considering our position on the grid, it was a good race," he explained. "I think we could have been a couple of places ahead if everything had gone to plan, but it's still a good result.

"It is a great result for the team to come away with so many points. We've moved up to fifth in the championship and that's an incredible effort by everyone in the team."

Both Perez and his Le Mans-winning team-mate Nico Hulkenberg will take a break and hand over to young drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon who will have opportunities to impress in the mid-season F1 test in Spielberg.