Force India hoping for double points finish
8 April 2013 – Force India duo Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil are looking to bounce back from a disappointing result at the Malaysian Grand Prix, which saw both cars forced into retirement after the team experienced a wheel nut issue during their second pit-stops.
Despite contrasting results in the opening two races of the season, di Resta believes that the team’s top ten finish in Melbourne was more of a reflection of the true speed of the VJM06 chassis, and is confident of a return to form at the Shanghai circuit.
"We were unlucky not to get any points in Malaysia, but we can take some positives from the performance we showed on the track," the former DTM champion explained. "We looked to be one of the fastest cars during the early part of the race. It’s a good sign for the rest of the season.
"The climate in China is very different compared to the first two races, but we’ve performed well in the cool conditions of Melbourne and in the heat of Malaysia. The team has had a sensible approach to the start of the season; we worked hard to get a good understanding of our package and we’re already reaping the rewards. The objective for China is to make up for the missed opportunity of Malaysia and be firmly back in the points."
Team-mate Sutil was in agreement, drawing confidence from his performance in Australia and the pace of the car prior to the pit-stop problems at Sepang.
"The car was definitely quick, but I felt more comfortable in the dry and I struggled more during the wet part of qualifying," said Sutil. "The start of the race was good: I was running in eighth position before my first stop, but that’s when things started to go wrong in the pits. It’s a shame we had the problem because the car felt very strong, but sometimes these things happen."
The German also talked up Force India's tyre management over the first two races, with sole tyre supplier Pirelli bringing the Soft and Medium compounds to China.
"The layout is not too different to Sepang, so it should suit us again and I hope we can be strong there," he added. "We have a new tyre combination in China and we appear to be quite good at managing our tyres so we need to use that to our advantage."