Paul di Resta refused to be too downbeat despite being denied what would have been his first Formula 1 podium just six laps from the finish of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Briton's two-stop strategy, married to a third-row starting berth, meant he was a permanent fixture at the front of the race, even leading for three laps.
He looked well-placed for at least a podium heading into the final sequence of pit stops, but he lost second to the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen and then came under increasing pressure from the Finn's teammate Romain Grosjean. The latter was able to find a way through six laps from the end.
Despite losing out on a breakthrough grand prix rostrum, di Resta emphasized the positives he and Force India were able to take from the race.
"Overall, we can be positive. It does [match my best result] and it's probably the strongest race I've had," di Resta said. "I ran very strong in race and was strong throughout the weekend. I led for quite a while. We can be on the podium one day.
"[The podium fight] was very close. We were always going to be disadvantaged with our strategy and unfortunately I think Grosjean not qualifying, and having two new sets of medium tires, [was] always going to be strong. Had he got caught up behind [Mark] Webber, I think I'd have been OK.
"[Fourth] is a big credit to all the boys. We didn't get the rewards in Malaysia but to come away with one really good results before the European season is very good – and we've got some goodies coming [for Spain]."