Fortec Motorsports spoke to Crash.net after the British outfit narrowly missing out on the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Constructors' Championship in Jerez, Spain.

DAMS Racing were confirmed as the champions, retaining their title at the ninth round in Jerez. Fortec were close to dethroning the French outfit but lost out by three points, their three podium finishes this weekend not enough to stop the two-time champions.

Their chief engineer explained the team's mixed feelings, a combination of frustration and encouragement as FR3.5 looks ahead to post-season testing next week.

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"Yeah, we are bit encouraged," he admits. "We came into this weekend thinking that the gap was too big as DAMS have been strong this year but this wasn't a track that suited them."

DAMS struggled in Jerez with their driver champion Carlos Sainz Jr. leaving the weekend without scoring a point in front of his home crowd. Their advantage, at its greatest mid season, was enough to fend off the fast-finishing Fortec team.

"We've been working on it for a lot of years," he explained after the final race of the season. "We've won the drivers' championship before but never teams but it's always been close."

Fortec Motorsports last one the drivers' title in 2012 with Robin Frijns at the helm. They were runners up last with Stoffel Vandoorne but the constructors' battle has so far eluded them.

"You can always put stuff down to bad luck but we did have a lot of bad luck," their race engineer admits. "We've never had two drivers capable of winning the championship before; we usually have one driver score all the points for us, so we have been closer this year.

We'd like to be a bit better next time."