Nico Hulkenberg has hailed his Force India team for its efforts in ensuring the new VJM08 was competitive out of the box as he notched up his best British Grand Prix result.

On the weekend that saw Force India roll out its much anticipated B-specification machine, the car proved fast from the off, with Hulkenberg never once straying outside the top ten from the start of the weekend to the end.

Indeed, while all eyes were on the fast-starting Williams' at the front of the grid, Hulkenberg's a bit further back was arguably even better as he squeezed past four cars before the opening bend to run fifth early on.

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Though he would lose out to both Ferraris and Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull over the pit-stops, his efforts would ultimately reward him with a seventh place finish - his best-ever result at Silverstone.

"It's great to come away from our home race with a good bunch of points. My start was sensational - maybe the best I ever had in Formula One - and I rocketed up to fifth place ahead of the two Ferraris. I was able to keep them behind me for the first stint, but they had too much pace and were able to use the strategy to jump us by pitting early.

"When the rain arrived at the end of the race the track was very slippery. I was a bit unfortunate with the timing because I had just passed the pit lane entry when the rain became really heavy and I had to do a full lap before I could change to intermediates.

Indeed, though he finished sixth in the preceding Austrian Grand Prix, Hulkenberg remains convinced it is down to the new car that he was able to be so competitive around a traditionally difficult circuit for the team.

"Overall, I think seventh place is a great result and we should be satisfied. A lot of the performance today is down to the updates we brought here. It's moved us in the right direction so I have to say a big well done to the team."

The result sees Hulkenberg consolidate his ninth place in the drivers' standings, while Force India is now ten points clear of Lotus for fifth in the constructors' championship.