Force India pleased to be “best non-manufacturer team”

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Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley says securing sixth place in the constructors’ championship proves Force India are the “best non-manufacturer team” in F1.

The team secured sixth in the championship despite coming under pressure from Sauber in the closing stages of the season.

“Although we missed out on points today, we achieved the objective that we set ourselves coming into the weekend to defend our sixth place in the championship,” said Fernley after yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

“In the end we did that quite comfortably, which is a real credit to everybody at Sahara Force India. It means we’ve finished in the top six twice in the last three seasons, consolidating our reputation as being the best non-manufacturer team.”

Force India ended the year with 77 points which was 32 less than they scored last year when they finished seventh in the championship.

“Looking back on the season as a whole I think we can be proud of our performance,” said Fernley. “The start of the year was exceptional and we recaptured our form in the final few races.”

Force India were one of the teams that were hardest hit by the mid-season change in tire construction. Having amassed 59 points in the opening eight races they only added 18 more over the last 11 rounds.