Di Resta left to lament poor qualifying
15 October 2012 – Paul di Resta has put his struggle in the Korean Grand Prix down to a poor qualifying result on Saturday. The Scot, whose grid position of 14th was his worst since Monte Carlo, finished in 12th position and missed out on the final point by five seconds.
“A tough race in many ways and it’s fair to say that the result in qualifying hampered us quite badly,” explained the Force India driver, whose team-mate Nico Hülkenberg scored eight points after finishing sixth from eighth on the grid.
“We expected the Super Soft to be a better race tyre and so we saved it for the second stint. As it happened, the Soft tyres did not last long enough at the start of the race and when I switched to the Super Softs they started graining straight away; so we were not on the ideal strategy and that impacted the whole race - and after that I was always struggling with traffic and couldn’t make any progress.
“On the positive side the car seemed competitive here with the points for Nico, but it’s just a bit frustrating that we couldn’t maximise it.”
The duo are now drawn 8-8 in terms of their personal battles in both qualifying and races this year, but Hülkenberg has now moved ahead in the drivers’ standings.