Back on track
After picking up just three points from their last seven races, Force India finally returned to form last weekend as the driving pair registered six points.
All eyes may have been on Sebastian Vettel, who clinched his fourth straight World Championship at the Indian Grand Prix, yet a point’s finish for both Force India drivers proved a big lift away from the cameras.
Paul Di Resta came home in eighth, followed closely by teammate Adrian Sutil in ninth, to ensure the side remains clear of their nearest rivals, Sauber, in the construction championships.
Di Resta, who climbed into the top ten of the drivers’ standings after his four point finish, was delighted to be finally amongst the points once more and hoped that the result would signal a strong finish the current campaign.
He said: “It’s great to score points here in India – the team’s home Grand Prix and a really important race for us.
“We took an aggressive strategy by pitting at the end of the first lap to change from soft to medium tyres – which was always the plan. After that we effectively split the race in two and I pitted again for my second set of medium tyres on lap 30.
“The other positive is that we’ve steadily improved the car over the last few weeks and I’m feeling more comfortable, so I think we can be optimistic of performing at a similar level in Abu Dhabi next week.”
Fellow home driver, Sutil, finished under two seconds behind his teammate and reiterated the importance of the pre-race strategy.
“The target was to score points so eighth and ninth places are a great result for us today,” Sutil said. “My one-stop strategy was the riskier approach and it was only during the race that we decided to go ahead with it.
“The medium tyres, which I started on, were performing really well and I realised that doing a one-stop race was possible. We thought that the soft tyres would only last around five laps, so I made sure I really looked after them, and in the end I managed just under twenty laps.
“After some difficult races recently, we showed everybody what we can achieve with some great teamwork today.”