Formula One Monaco GP
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg leads at the start of the Formula One Monaco GPReuters

Sahara Force India had a good outing in the principality, with both their drivers - Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta - finishing among the points in an accident-filled Formula One Monaco Grand Prix.

The race was won by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, with world champion Sebastian Vettel coming in second followed by Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

Sutil was not too far behind though, finishing an impressive fifth in a race which saw the safety car deployed twice and also the red flag come out after a big crash between Pastor Maldonado and Max Chilton.

However, from Force India's perspective it was yet another solid race with Sutil finally finding some good form, overtaking the likes of Jenson Button of McLaren and world championship contender Fernando Alonso on his way to the top-five finish.

"Fifth place feels fantastic," he said. "It's just the result we needed and I'm very happy right now. The car felt very good and we made the most of the chances that came our way.

"It was difficult to move forward in the first half of the race when I was stuck in the train of cars, but the red flag opened up some more opportunities. It meant that everybody was on the same sprint strategy until the end of the race.

"I noticed that the hairpin was an area where there was a chance to overtake so I tried it with Jenson and it worked. Then I did the same with Fernando and it worked once again.

"So I think I showed that overtaking is possible in Monaco. The team did an excellent job all weekend and we definitely deserved this result today."

Sutil's teammate Di Resta took ninth place and the Brit was also reasonably happy to be in among the points yet again.

"Given where we started we went with an aggressive strategy and it probably would have paid off without the safety cars," he said. "The pace was strong, but I was stuck behind lots of traffic in the early part of the race.

"I managed to pass a few cars going into turn one, but towards the end of the race the cars were more bunched up and it was not so easy.

"I was stuck behind (Jean Eric) Vergne after the restart and I had one good chance to overtake, but he defended very well. Fortunately with the cars ahead battling and making contact I made up some positions and scored a couple of points.

"So after the disappointment of yesterday (Saturday qualifying), the boys did a great job and it's good to continue my run of finishes in the points."

Force India are currently in fifth in the constructors' championship table, seven points ahead of McLaren, but over 50 points behind fourth-placed Mercedes.