Force India team boss Vijay Mallya felt the squad's double points finish in Abu Dhabi meant it can all but celebrate securing sixth place in the constructors' championship, as it pulled 15 points clear of nearest rival Sauber.
The team had gone to Yas Marina 10 points ahead of Sauber and Toro Rosso, but with Adrian Sutil seventh and Paul di Resta eighth on a day when STR failed to score and Sauber took just one point from Kamui Kobayashi's 10th place, Force India's rivals now need a miracle result in Brazil to knock it out of the top six.
"We came here determined to deliver a strong result and we've come away with six important points to consolidate our sixth place in the constructors' championship," said Mallya. "Both drivers drove faultless races, splitting the strategies and covering all the options. So I'm very pleased with our performance as a team, which puts us in a much stronger position with 15 points advantage over our nearest competitor.
"I feel confident that we can go to Brazil to finish the job and confirm our sixth place in the championship."
Sutil's only disappointment was that he had narrowly missed out on beating Michael Schumacher to sixth.
"Today's result is great for the team and just what we needed," he said. "Initially we were planning to do a one-stop race, but the team took the decision to switch to a two-stop strategy because the soft tire did not last as long as we thought it would. So it was a good call by the team to make the change.
"I spent a lot of the race fighting with Schumacher and managed to get ahead of him for the middle stint. But I probably went one lap too long in the middle stint and he got ahead of me when we were both on the medium tire at the end of the race. I was close behind him, but we had similar pace and I couldn't get back ahead.
"Still, we came here to pick up points with both cars, and that's what we've done. It puts us in a very strong position for the final race."
Di Resta was the only driver who managed to make a one-stop strategy work as he took eighth, though in retrospect he felt a different tactic might have been better.
"I think as a team we can be pleased to have come away with a double points finish having run different strategies with both cars," said the Scot. "With hindsight ,my one-stop race was not the optimum strategy, but we felt it was worth a try. As it turned out the performance of the medium was not great to begin with so the first 30 laps were quite hard work.
"I had a good fight with [Sebastien] Buemi in the early laps and I think we were quite lucky that he retired, which made my race a bit easier.
"When I switched to the softs the speed of the car was very strong. To do a one-stop race and come away with two points is as much as we could really hope for. It's what we need for our fight in the championship and hopefully we can arrive in Brazil and carry on where we left off."