Sahara Force India deputy team principal Robert Fernly expects his team to remain in podium contention after the Silverstone-squad achieved its first Formula 1 top-three finish in five years at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez held off the challenge from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and finished the 57-lap race on Sunday in third place, just 0.422 seconds ahead of the Australian who was on the softer tyres. Perez's teammate Nico Hulkenberg finished fifth giving Force India 25 points from the race, their best showing in F1.
"There is every reason to expect further podiums from Force India. All teams are still working on optimising their power units and aero performance and we too will be working on improving the car," Fernley told PTI from Bahrain, a day after his team stepped on the podium only for the second time.
Giancarlo Fisichella had come second for the team at Spa in 2009. Though Force India and other teams on Mercedes engines have done well in the early part of the season, one can expect the Renault powered Red Bull and team Ferrari to bounce back in the upcoming races.