Sergio Perez recorded his second straight top six F1 finish to help lift Force India back ahead of the hapless Lotus team in the battle for fifth in the constructors' standings.

The Mexican made a good start to initially run ahead of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and, once the German had made use of his car's superiority, settled into sixth place through the middle part of the 53-lap race. Although the recovering Kimi Raikkonen eventually caught and past the Force India in the closing stages - the Finn pulling off a move around the outside of the Rettifilio chicane and then fending off his rival through the Curva Grande - Perez was handed sixth place back when Rosberg's engine let go with the chequered flag in sight.

"I had a really enjoyable time today and had very strong pace from the beginning to the end," the Mexican, who has still to sign a deal for 2016, commented, "I managed the tyre degradation well and I feel we got the maximum that was possible from the race.

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"The first stint was fairly calm - I found myself in clean air and managed to open a gap over the cars behind, so I wasn't under any pressure. After my pit-stop, I knew Kimi was closing in behind me. He was really quick and there was nothing I could do to keep him behind any longer than I did.

"Despite that, I am very pleased with our performance over the whole weekend and the team really deserves these points. Today's result is important because it moves us back to fifth in the championship, with a nice gap over our rivals. We did a good job and we deserve this result."

With both Lotus drivers retiring following separate incidents of contact at the chicane on lap one, Force India's 14-point haul was enough to not only reclaim fifth overall, but also move 13 points clear of its rival.

"To be leaving Monza with 14 points in our pocket completes a very competitive weekend for Sahara Force India," deputy team principal Robert Fernley confirmed, "It means we've regained the advantage in our battle for fifth place in the standings and gives us a nice boost ahead of the fly-away races.

"The circuit certainly played to our strengths, but the team has worked incredibly hard this weekend to get both cars home in the points. Sergio and Nico [Hulkenberg] both drove very mature races, fighting hard when they needed to and looking after the tyres [in between]. All things considered, we can feel extremely positive about our performance today."