Force India's deputy team principal Bob Fernley has described the team's double points' finish in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix as a “good effort”.
Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez both came through to secure places in the lower half of the top-ten, with the former finishing eighth, while Perez followed up his Monaco podium by taking tenth.
It was the second race in a row Force India have had both cars in the points, and the result helps strengthen its grip on fifth place in the Constructors' Championship, increasing the margin over Toro Rosso to 10 points.
“To come away from Montreal with another double points finish is a very good effort which consolidates our fifth place in the championship,” Fernley summarised.
“We started the race hoping we could pull off a one-stop strategy with both cars, but with lots of tyre graining and high wear rates we opted to switch to a two-stop race.
“Most of the cars around us did the same, so it was the sensible course of action to cover our bases. Nico's race was pretty non-eventful and he did well in the opening few laps to recover the ground he lost when he bogged down at the start.
“Sergio's race was compromised by the slow warm-up of the soft tyres, which dropped him behind both McLarens and cost him quite a bit of time. To recover and score the final point was a good effort.”
Meanwhile, Hulkenberg said he was pleased with his third points' finish of the year, even if he had thought he could do a bit better.
“I'm happy to score points, but at the same time I was hoping for a bit more from the race because I really believed we could challenge the top six,” he explained. “For some reason the car didn't feel as good on race day as it did during practice and qualifying. Maybe it's because the conditions were so cold and windy, which meant we lost the sweet spot and the car was not easy to drive. That's something we need to look at in more detail and understand.”
Perez was less pleased and felt the strategy could have been better: “It was a difficult race and looking back I don't think we chose the optimum strategy. We tried to go down a different route compared to everyone else, but the cooler track conditions didn't help: it was very difficult to get heat into the soft tyres during the first stint and that cost me a few positions at the start.
“I lost a few seconds at the final stop [too] when I briefly stalled the car and that dropped me behind [Daniil] Kvyat, but I managed to get the position back with an overtake going into turn one.
“In any case, to bring both cars home inside the points is a good result for the team, especially when the weekend doesn't really go your way.”