Force India say they expected to have a difficult race weekend at Suzuka but believe the remaining tracks on the calendar will suit their VJM06 better.
“We made no secret of the fact that Suzuka was going to be the most difficult track for us in the second part of the season,” said deputy team principal Robert Fernley. “So it was no surprise that points were hard to come by today.”
“It’s been an uphill struggle for us, but we remain upbeat as we head to India for the team’s home race,” he added. “The upcoming tracks should play more to our strengths and give us the opportunity to get back to scoring regular points.”
Paul di Resta took 11th place for the team after losing time behind Valtteri Bottas early in the race. “The car felt better for the final stint and it looked like we were on course for a point,” he said.
“In the end we were about five laps too short with the tyre life because I couldn’t defend from Jenson [Button].”
Force India have already lost their grip on fifth place in the constructors’ championship to McLaren and are now under threat from Sauber.
With four races to go Sauber having closed within 17 points of Force India, and have taken 26 points off them in the last two rounds.