Mexico City: Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez helped Force India strengthen their hold on fifth place in the team standings by finishing seventh and eighth in the Mexican Grand Prix here.

Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg

It was a welcome result for Hulkenberg after retirements in Austin and Sochi while home hero Perez was happy to do his bit for the team's cause.

The 10 points here were vital for the Silverstone squad which is set to finish fifth for the first time. They have 112 points with two race remaining while their nearest rival Lotus are sixth with 71 points.

"As a team I think we performed extremely well today. Up until the safety car we had worked hard to get Checo and Nico in a competitive position, and we made the right decisions when the safety car appeared," said team boss Vijay Mallya.

"Nico was on course for a two-stop strategy so the safety car played nicely into his hands, but Checo was unlucky as it compromised his one-stop race plan. Even so, he made the one-stop strategy work and did a fantastic job of protecting the tyres and holding on to a well-deserved eighth place.

"It was important to score well with both cars today and it means we have extended our advantage over the teams behind us to strengthen our hold on fifth place," Mallya added.