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Sergio Perez proud of Force India's points finish record

Sergio Perez says he is proud of Force India's start to the 2017 Formula One season after finishing in the points with both its cars in every race so far.

Force India moved up to fourth place in the constructors' standings, leapfrogging Williams in the process by a single point. Perez recovered from 18th on the grid to finish seventh, while Esteban Ocon crossed the line in 10th as the team recorded its 15th consecutive top ten finish. It also marked Perez's 13th straight points finish, a run which stretches back to the 2016 British Grand Prix.

"I'm very proud of my team today," Perez said. "To finish seventh after starting from P18 is an amazing recovery and we can be very happy tonight. It's also our thirteenth consecutive race in the points, which is an incredible achievement.

"The first lap was very important for my race because I made up five places and was up in P13 by the end of lap one. I had great tyre life in the first stint; we stayed out as long as we could and the safety car played into our hands just when I needed to make a pit stop."

The Mexican praised his team for making the most of every opportunity in Bahrain and for executing a "perfect race".

"So I think we made the most of every opportunity and the whole team -- the engineers and the mechanics -- played their part in executing a perfect race. We showed, once again, that we never give up on Sundays and we can come back strong after a difficult qualifying.

"We know there are still areas where we can improve and that there is more speed to come from this car, but for now it feels good to have both cars in the points for the third race this season."

Ocon also impressed as he claimed 10th for the third race in a row. Despite the positive result, the Frenchman believes the timing of the Safety Car cost him up to three further positions.

"It's good to get another point, but the timing of the safety car didn't help me today and probably cost me three positions. It's a shame because the team did everything right, but the safety car came out just after I had made my first pit stop. So the luck was not on my side.

"Apart from that, it was a really fun race and I had to fight really hard. My target coming into the season was to score points in every race so I'm pleased to have scored in all three so far, but I know we had the potential to score even more points. As a team we are doing a good job and I think there's much more to come from us in the next few races."