Di Resta insists top ten qualifying vital
23 October 2012 – Paul di Resta heads to Force India’s home Grand Prix striving to return to the top ten shootout in qualifying, having lost out to team-mate Nico Hülkenberg after a Q2 elimination last time out in Korea. With four races to go, the latter now leads the way with a one-point lead over his team-mate.
In the Constructors’ Championship, the Silverstone-based outfit sits seventh and 27 points behind Sauber. The pair of drivers have been particularly well-matched all season so far and are currently tying 8-8 in their personal qualifying and race battles.
“I feel comfortable and confident in the car and the team is doing a good job,” says Hülkenberg, who like his team-mate has achieved points finishes in half of the races so far this year.
“We’ve just got a good rhythm and momentum and that’s so important in Formula 1. I’ve still had some tough weekends, like Monza and Singapore, but on the whole things have been going well. We just need to make sure we can repeat what we did in Korea during the final four races. We really need to stretch ourselves to get everything we can from the remaining races.”
With this in mind and having struggled his way to 14th on the grid at Yeongam, di Resta is now eager to notch up the team’s third double Q3 performance of 2012.
“We’ve got to go there and qualify in the top ten,” he says en route to India. “That will get us in contention and allow us to concentrate on the race. All year we’ve shown that we have a car capable of reaching Q3, but the grid is very close and we don’t have any margin so we need everything to come together perfectly.
“Also, based on our performance last year, we looked quite competitive at this track so you’ve got to hope that will carry over for this year.”
At the inaugural Indian event 12 months ago, di Resta finished 13th while then team-mate Adrian Sutil scored two points for ninth position.