Di Resta still hopeful of points on Sunday
3 November 2012 – Paul di Resta has experienced a frustrating weekend so far in Abu Dhabi and, for the second time within the space of a week, both Force India cars have failed to pass through to the final stage of qualifying. Although he will be coming from the 13th grid slot on Sunday, the Scot is still positive than he can end his race inside the top ten.
After Friday practice at Yas Marina, di Resta – who finished ninth on his first visit to the venue last year – underwent a change of chassis for the first time in 2012.
“I’ve been struggling with the balance and the car has been quite difficult to drive this weekend, so it was always likely to be quite a tough qualifying session,” he begins to explain. “Our long-run pace hasn’t looked too bad but I’m just struggling to get the ultimate performance from the car.
“We’re still in a reasonable position to try and score points and I’m feeling comfortable in the new chassis. We will play the long game tomorrow because I think it’s likely to be one of those races where tyres will probably last longer than expected.”
Team-mate Nico Hülkenberg will set off from 11th and is therefore the highest-placed driver on the grid who is able to choose his starting tyre compound ahead of the 55-lap encounter.