Fourth-placed Force India extended their lead over closest rival Williams to 10 points by recording a double points finish. Sergio Perez, who started from fifth on the grid, came home in seventh place ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg, who finished eighth after starting ninth on the grid.
Force India only had a lead of three points over Williams before the start of the race. Their battle is expected go down to the last race in Abu Dhabi on November 27. Williams did not have the pace to match Force India all weekend before they managed to pick up three points through Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.
With four race remaining, Force India remain focussed on finishing fourth in the championship. “We leave Japan feeling satisfied with our performance across the whole weekend.”