Melbourne: Force India Formula One team returned empty-handed from the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday as both drivers- Adrain Sutil and Paul di Resta, failed to notch up any points in the race.

Sutil finished 11th while di Resta 12th. Both of them made a good start to the race, running in 10th and 12th respectively by the end of lap one.

For the team's second pit stops, Sutil came in for prime tyres on lap 37 and di Resta for new primes on lap 36.

"Generally it was not a bad race. Coming from 16th was not easy; the start itself was good and as usual there were a lot of cars at the first corner, but I made up several places by the end of lap one. We had good performance on the track and in the end it was a good race for the first one of the season," Sutil said.

"It is a shame that we were just outside the top ten, but we hope to have improved our pace and be in the points in Malaysia," he added.

Di Resta said the team would want for a better finish in the next.

"Our pace was just a little bit behind today, but hopefully by Malaysia we will be able to understand why and, when the upgrades come, perform at bit better.

"Adrian and I were on different strategies and we had to fuel conserve toward the end that's why the gap opened up. I am going into Malaysia to try to do a better job than I did here today, but overall I am relatively happy," he added.

(Agencies)