Suzuka: Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez kept their nerves under treacherous conditions to finish eighth and 10th in the rain-hit Japanese Grand Prix as Sahara Force India maintained its fifth position in the championship, here on Sunday.
Torrential rains lashed the circuit and the race was red-flagged due to poor conditions as daylight reduced with every lap.
Both the Force India drivers had started outside the top-10 on the grid but negotiated the conditions well to earn the side five crucial points.
Since Jenson Button earned 10 points with his fifth-place finish, Force India's lead over nearest rival McLaren is reduced now to just one point at 122.
With just four races to go in the 2015 season, it will be a keen tussle between Force India and McLaren for the fifth spot in the constructors' championship.