Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley has hailed the Silverstone-based outfits 2016 season "tremendous", after securing their highest ever finish in the championship standings.
Force India have racked up 173 points, putting them fourth in the standings – 35 points ahead of nearest rival Williams – and one place better than they finished in 2015.
A double-points finish in Abu Dhabi confirmed that position and Fernley thanked the "dedication" of every team member for what they've managed to achieve on a far small budget than some of their rivals.
"To end the season with two cars solidly inside the points and with fourth place in the constructors’ championship feels fantastic," said Fernley.
"It has been a tremendous year for us and it’s important to pay tribute to each and every member of the team for all their hard work and hours of dedication back at base and at the track. All the effort has paid off and we can now celebrate the best ever year in our history.
"Both drivers did a super job today, as they have done all year long.
"It’s great that Nico [Hulkenberg] could end his time with us on a high note and we thank him for everything he has done for us during his five years as a Force India driver. He’s been a big part of our journey up the grid and it has been a pleasure working with him.
"Credit to Sergio [Perez], as well, who becomes the first Force India driver to cross the 100 points in a season milestone. He’s been exceptional this year and fully deserves to finish seventh in the drivers’ championship."
Hulkenberg finished seventh in his final race for the team before embarking on a new journey with Renault, and thanked the team for what they have done for him.
"I leave this team with lots of happy memories and Force India will always be a part of my life. I’ve learned a huge amount here and they have made me a better racing driver. We’ve grown up together and I’m proud of what we have achieved."