Force India end without points in Japan GP
Force India were off to a near perfect start with Paul di Resta jumping to eight and Adrian Sutil running ninth by lap four. But the team's chances were dented by a safety car intervention on Lap 24 and a three stop strategy and finished pointless.
Adrian Sutil. Pic/Getty Images
"I feel we were unlucky to miss out on points today. My initial start was excellent, although I had to lift because (Kamui) Kobayashi had a very poor start and so I didn't get the full benefit," said Sutil.
"But after the first few laps I was ahead of the Renaults (Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov) and we had good pace. I think what really hurt my race was the safety car because I made my second stop the lap before it came out and lost track position."
The safety car was called following a collision between McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
The pointless race meant Force India remained on 48 points and will have to deliver stronger finishes in the remaining four races to displace Renault, who are fifth in the Constructor's Championship with 72 points.