Sahara Force India might have narrowly missed out on a podium finish in last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, but its drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil feel the Silverstone-based outfit should be content with what it has achieved so far this season as the car requires some updates.
Force India's British driver Di Resta finished fourth to bring home Force India's best result of the season at last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir.
Di Resta, who started the race fifth, looked on course for his first podium finish in his 43-race Formula One career before ending 2.2 seconds behind third-place finisher Romain Grosjean of Lotus.
"I am very happy with our results so far. It has been a positive start for us. We are presently in a strong position. We are just ahead of McLaren in the constructors Championship. So we need to take as much advantage of the lead as we can because it is only going to be difficult from here on," Di Resta told a select group of reporters via teleconference from Bangalore.
"I am happy to consistently score points for the team. But hopefully we will soon step on the podium. We have a fast car this year but we need to work on it a little bit more. But as a team we should be content with what we have achieved so far in the season," he added.
Di Resta equalled his best-ever career finish in Bahrain. The last time he finished fourth was at the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix.
"The Bahrain race was very similar to last year's Singapore. In both the races, I obviously was in podium position. The only difference was that Bahrain was trouble-free," he said.
Di Resta's team-mate Adrian Sutil, who is making a comeback to Formula One after cooling his heels for the whole of the 2012 season, is pleased with his return to the big league and feels Sahara Force India will be a force to reckon with this season.
"I am happy to be back in F1. My first race in Australia was good. I finished seventh and scored six points but thereafter it has not been that productive. I had to retire in the next two races and in Bahrain a tyre puncture early on ruined my race," the German said.
"Definitely, I could have scored more points because the car is in a very good position to give us a podium this year," Sutil said.
He, however, feels it is just the start of the season and there is plenty of time left for him to showcase his potential.
"I know I missed out on some points but this was just four out of 19 races. So there are a lot of races to go. But it is all about consistency here and we are focussing on it," Sutil said.
Both Di Resta and Sutil are presently in Bangalore to watch the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sahara Pune Warriors.